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Santa Clara businesses flooded. Credit: Carson Stilson, Sept. 11, 2012.

State officials say damage to public infrastructure caused by flooding in the Santa Clara area last week has reached the threshold necessary for the state to request assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA requires damage estimates to reach $3.7 million before the state can request federal assistance. The governor’s office confirmed Utah’s eligibility for FEMA assistance Thursday morning.

Once a request for assistance is submitted to FEMA, President Obama will decide whether or not to declare the Santa Clara flooding a major disaster. If a major disaster is declared, FEMA will dispatch a team to identify specific recovery projects and estimate the costs to execute those projects.

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