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Pahrump, Nye flood damage to be reviewed by state by Andy Holtmann Nye County and Pahrump officials met with state offi- cials on Wednesday to determine if the town of Pahrump was eligible for state and federal aid in the wake of the September 3 and 4 flooding. Tom Manning, of the Governor's Flood Recovery Task Force, said that his department's job was to come " to the town and talk with lo- cal officials and view the damaged areas. The extent of the flooding and damages will determine what, if any money will be available to help the rebuilding process. "Basically, it's a matter of going out and surveying the damage and making our  estimates," said Jim "=lker, one of Manning's constituents. "Any informa- tion or input that you as a town or county can provide will help to speed the process along." The task force wanted to make clear conditions and rules that apply before any submissions were made. The damage has to be a direct cause of the flood and would not include any cosmetic treatment to buildings, roads, and other struc- tures. Labor costs to be re-imbursed would only cover overtime work due to the flood. Privately owned businesses are exempt from aid. "The goal here is to return facilities to their original function," Walker said. According to Walker, private non-profit organizations would qualify only if they were performing a governmental or quasi-governmental service. Red Cross representative Rick Diebold said that he felt Pahrump wouldn't qualify based on his experiences in the past. He said that to receive federal aid, a minimum 25 homes had to be 40 percent or more destroyed, or the equivalent of three businesses suffer- -ing the same fate. "Most of the damage we received was in the form of septic tanks that just needed to be drained," Diebold said. "I think because of the 40 per- cent rule, you won't qualify." Diebold did say that there may be a possibility with the businesses in the area that were affected. Local Red Cross Director Jane Snow also said that their depart- ment was still getting calls from people not knowing where to turn. Many times, it is the first that the town or county is aware of the dam.- age, she said. Nye County Emergency Services Battalion Chief Steve Maison asked whether Pahrump would be in com- petition with Boulder City, Henderson, and Reno, other communities affected by floods this year. Manning said he felt that Reno would not be in competition be- cause the new legislature was written after their mid-Janu- ary flooding. Boulder City and Henderson are in corn- 'S-ion for the nearly $3 'The goal here is to return facilities to their original function' million in state funds available. Pahrump Town Board Member Gary Hollis asked if the three communities could be grouped together under one request to ensure that Pahrump would receive its fair share. Manning said that wasn't possible because both Boulder City and Henderson had been denied for presidential decla- rations of disaster. Pahrump -" is still trying to seek this and unlike Clark County, Nye is backing the local effort. "Pahrump doesn't have the money and Nye County doesn't have the money," Hollis said. "If we had a million dollars in the bank, we'd be spending it on pav- ing new roads instead of dust abatement." Manning, Walker, and other state officials were shown a video and still pho- tographs depicting the dam- age. After the meeting, Nye County Roads Director Dave Fanning joined town officials in leading state officials on a tour,of areas damaged in the recent flood. Miiison and the Red Cross are urging anyone, whether residential or business, who has not reported any damage, to do so immediately. Concerns should be directed to the fire department at 727-5658 or to Maison directly at 727- 2456. 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