City on aggressive path to procure flood assistance

TRACY POLICE CHIEF Jason Lichty goes over a list of homes that needed to be visited Monday as part of the city’s flood damage assessments. Members of the fire department like Dylan Vandromme (left) and Daren Danielson (right) went door-to-door Monday night, visiting residents who had yet to report flood damage.

By Per Peterson

Tracy City Administrator Kris Ambuehl said Monday he is continuing to work with federal-level officials in the area of individual flood assistance.

It’s too early, he said, to put a finger on what, if any, individual assistance will come from FEMA, but said the city will continue to pursue it.

“It would be just awesome for the people of Tracy,” he said. “But there’s no guarantee it will happen. And there’s no guarantee it won’t happen. It’s all very bureaucratic at this point, but we are being very aggressive in everything we do. We are aggressively gathering numbers in an effort to break the threshold (of damage) as far as the federal auditors are concerned.”

FEMA officers continue to gather data from the city to pass up the chain of command in the ongoing process of determining whether or not Tracy residents will qualify for individual assistance. One problem the city has come across, however, is in the reporting of damages. As of Monday evening, the city had 330 service disconnects (sewer and gas) stemming from the July 3 flood, but just over 200 people had called in to report damage.

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