DENVER - President Barack Obama approved Thursday's request from Governor John Hickenlooper for federal disaster assistance related to the deadly flooding in Colorado.
"The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas," a notice to the governor's office said.
Disaster declarations trigger the release of federal funds to help with emergency protective measures. Additional support may be made available at a later time after damage assessment is done.
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