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* El Dorado County

New Year storm damage? Make your disaster claims

El Dorado County property owners are urged to make their case for flood damage relief to the federal government related to the New Year’s storms.

The county received a federal declaration for disaster relief a few weeks ago but only public entities and nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive funding. It was also declared a disaster area by California. To start the disaster recovery process, flood victims are advised to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at (800) 462-7585 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or at, state coordinating officer Henry Renteria said.

Reports will be accepted for storms for the period starting Dec. 17 and ending Jan. 3. The county estimated damage totaling $9 million.

At this time, private property owners do not qualify for federal disaster relief funds. But the U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and small businesses in support of local government.

FEMA became a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

* South Lake Tahoe

City Council meeting is postponed until March

The South Lake Tahoe City Council will not host a meeting today at the council chambers at 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Staff from the City Clerk’s and City Attorney’s office have been absent, and no urgent matters were pressing, Council Member Kathay Lovell said Monday. The next meeting is slated for March 7.

– Staff reports

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