Federal assistance will be available in 10 counties for damage from the storm, when rainfall exceeded 20 inches in parts of the Olympic Mountains and up to 10 inches in lowland areas.

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President Obama signed a disaster declaration for damage done by December wind- and rainstorms, making federal assistance available in 10 Washington counties.

Gov. Jay Inslee thanked Obama on Tuesday for signing the declaration, covering damage from Dec. 1-14, when rainfall exceeded 20 inches in parts of the Olympic Mountains and up to 10 inches in lowland areas. More than two dozen rivers exceeded flood stage, while landslides made dozens of roads impassable.

The storm also is responsible for producing a tornado in Clark County, which damaged 36 homes and two commercial buildings.

Inslee says the storms caused more than $19 million in damages.

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The designation makes the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program available for Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties.

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