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Press Release: March 2, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber welcomes federal disaster assistance 


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today applauded President Obama’s decision to approve Oregon’s request for a federal disaster declaration in response to severe winter storms throughout the state in January.
“The assistance that federal resources will bring to Oregon communities damaged during the storms is integral to the work of repairing important infrastructure,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “I extend my sincerest appreciation to all state and local partners for their excellent coordination before, during and after the storms to minimize damage and get affected communities moving again.”
Governor Kitzhaber was notified today, March 2, 2012, that affected, qualified infrastructure and emergency costs will be eligible for a 75% reimbursement from FEMA to help communities recover from damage caused by the storm.
The President’s declaration will bring needed money into the state to help repair Oregon roads, bridges, culverts and other governmental facilities during this difficult economic time.  The money will also help prevent future danger to lives and property.
Oregonians who suffered damage to their primary residences may also be eligible for temporary FEMA assistance. However, that portion of the declaration is pending further investigation to make sure it meets federal criteria.  FEMA will be issuing information on how to apply for these disaster grants. 
For more information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/02/president-obama-signs-oregon-disaster-declaration  

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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