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Press Release
February 06, 2009
Governor requests Federal disaster declaration for winter storms
SALEM, Ore. – Governor Kulongoski has requested a federal disaster declaration for the winter storm/snow event that affected Oregonians from December 20 through December 26, 2008 announced Oregon Emergency Management officials today. The request is specifically for infrastructure assistance for the counties of Clatsop, Columbia, Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, and Yamhill.

Due to record and near record snowfall, additional federal assistance to cover the partial cost of snow removal was requested for Clackamas, Columbia, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, Yamhill, and Hood River Counties.

Following the federal and state assessment of damages, it was determined that supplemental federal assistance would be necessary to assist the state and affected local governments in recovering from the severe storm. Early recovery cost estimates are currently more than $10 million dollars.

The federal hazard mitigation grant program has also been requested for the entire state.

This request is not for individual assistance and if granted will not provide financial assistance to individuals and households who may have been affected. Financial assistance will be for public utilities, roads, governmental structures, and emergency protective measures that were taken by the state and local governments during the incident.

The decision from the President will be forthcoming.
Jennifer Bailey,
OEM Public Affairs Coordinator
503-378-2911 Ext. 22294