SALEM, Ore. -- Over $4.4 million has been obligated to the state of Oregon by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under its Public Assistance grant program. This funding will assist with costs incurred for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair of public infrastructure damaged in the November and December storms.
Oregon received two presidential disaster declarations as a result of the storms: the first for the severe storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred November 5-8, 2006; the second for the severe winter storm and flooding that occurred December 14-15, 2006.
In all, 10 Oregon counties and The Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians are declared for one or both events. State, local and federal agencies have pulled together to direct and fund clean up and repair operations in the counties declared federal disaster areas.
In addition to approving funds to restore facilities to their pre-flood condition, FEMA will also provide extra money where it is possible to take additional steps to mitigate against the likelihood of similar damages and costs in the future.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.