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President Trump approves federal disaster funds for Oregon counties

The declaration covers Curry, Douglas, Grant, Linn, Umatilla, and Wheeler counties.

Posted: Jul 9, 2019 4:27 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2019 4:42 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, President Trump approved a federal disaster declaration for Oregon counties hammered by storms, flooding, and slides during April of this year. The declaration covers Curry, Douglas, Grant, Linn, Umatilla, and Wheeler counties.

"Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides," the declaration states.

Curry and Douglas counties, in particular, were still reeling from winter storms in late February when the April storms rolled in — exacerbating recovery efforts that included repairing major roadways.

According to Governor Brown's office, a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) conducted by state, federal, and local agencies during the week of May 13 found more than $8 million in damages from the April storms.

“The impacts of these events have been devastating to the local communities," said Governor Kate Brown. "I applaud the incredible efforts by our local and tribal emergency managers and state agency partners who have worked tirelessly to help their fellow Oregonians during these severe weather events.”


CLICK HERE for a "story map" from Oregon Emergency Management detailing the April storms.


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