Eastern Cherokees estimate damage from winter storm at $3M

Severe winter rainstorms caused an estimated $3 million damage to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.

Four days of storms in January caused damage throughout the reservation. One road alone will cost about $1.3 million to fix, The Smoky Mountain News reported.

The tribe was the first in the nation to receive a disaster declaration directly from the federal government. Amendments to the Stafford Act recognize tribal sovereignty.

Previously, tribes had to go through states for disaster declarations.

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Federal Register Notice:
Solicitation for Comments Regarding Current Procedures To Request Emergency and Major Disaster Declarations (March 8, 2013)

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