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Press Release: March 21, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber requesting Presidential Disaster Declaration for Curry County

(SALEM, Ore.) –Governor Kitzhaber today sent a formal request to President Obama asking for a Federal Disaster Declaration for Curry County.  The Governor’s request will allow assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help rebuild Port of Brookings-Harbor in Curry County. The port was damaged by tsunami waves that hit the Oregon Coast.

“Federal assistance to Curry County will help us take a big step toward rebuilding the port and getting Oregonians back to work,” said Governor Kitzhaber.

State and federal disaster assessment teams estimated damages at $6.7 million to the Port of Brookings- Harbor. Curry County meets the state’s criteria to request federal disaster assistance.

Governor Kitzhaber’s Recovery Cabinet, which was put in place last Tuesday, has already started the recovery process by securing the following assistance for Curry County:

  • Business Oregon suspended Port of Brookings-Harbor debt payments.
  • Business Oregon identified $40,000 recovery grant for engineering expenses related to dock reconstruction.
  • Business Oregon set aside $500,000 grant to be used with future FEMA funding for Port of Brookings-Harbor reconstruction.
  • Oregon Marine Board is working closely with the port to identify what equipment it needs to begin surveying water depth.

“We’ll continue to work with Curry County until they are back on their feet. We’re also looking toward the future to make sure we’re prepared for an emergency,” said Kitzhaber.

The Governor’s budget includes bonding capacity for $22.5 million for seismic retrofitting to critical facilities such as schools, hospitals, and emergency facilities. 

The Governor’s website has easy access to make donations to recovery efforts in Curry County and in Japan.

For more information please visit: www.governor.oregon.gov

For the formal request to President Obama: http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/docs/032111presidentobama.pdf


Media Contacts:
Christine Miles, 503-559-8795
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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