Oregon Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-1733)

Incident period: December 1, 2007 to December 17, 2007
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 8, 2007

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 27, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- After the December 2007 storms, the tiny coastal community of Gearhart had more downed trees than they had residents - well over 1,000 according to City Administrator Dennis McNally. Cleaning up was a huge job and FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) came by to help. McNally had never experienced a storm of this severity. He knew nothing about FEMA or its public assistance (PA) program, which is designed to help city, state, county and tribal governments and nonprofit agencies that provide essential services recover from disasters.
March 27, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- The severe storms, wind, mudslides, landslides and flooding that swept through Oregon Dec. 1-17, 2007, left a path of destruction. Oregonians will long remember the swirling floodwaters, damaged homes and tangled debris left in the wake of the storms.
March 21, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- Seven Vernonia families, homeless since the December 2007 flood, will move into temporary housing - new mobile homes - beginning at about noon tomorrow, March 22, 2008. "We are delighted to be handing over the keys to these first seven families," said Abby Kershaw, state coordinating officer with Oregon Emergency Management (OEM). "Now these families will be close to their homes, schools, and neighbors as they continue the recovery process."
March 20, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- When flood waters swept through the little town of Vernonia, Aldie Howard had just been appointed Planning Director. But the city administrator was out of state and somebody had to be in charge. That somebody turned out to be Howard. "My learning curve was straight up," said Howard. Right after the flood, things were "chaotic."? After the disaster declaration, "things really started buzzing." Soon the blue shirts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff started showing up.
March 12, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore -- Since early December 2007, the residents of Vernonia, Oregon have been coping: first with flood waters that inundated their small community; then with cleanup; and throughout with delays in getting adequate temporary housing. The residents, the City of Vernonia, Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have worked tirelessly to locate, site and test mobile homes for displaced Vernonia families.
March 12, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore -- Since early December 2007, the residents of Vernonia, Oregon have been coping: first with flood waters that inundated their small community; then with cleanup; and throughout with delays in getting adequate temporary housing. The residents, the City of Vernonia, Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have worked tirelessly to locate, site and test mobile homes for displaced Vernonia families.

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