March 17, 2016 10:30 a.m.
Federal disaster assistance has been extended to public entities in Douglas County as a result of the severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that took place between December 6th and 23rd.
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have made the announcement.
Douglas County joins Coos, Lane, Curry and nine other counties under the disaster declaration signed by President Obama on February 17th. FEMA’s Public Assistance program offers supplemental financial assistance on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in designated counties. The program also has an opportunity for mitigation projects that protect damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for certain hazard mitigation measures.
Clint Fella, state coordinating officer at Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management says the addition of Douglas County to the declaration is due to the work and collaboration of many agencies and individuals. Fella says the agency is pleased that Douglas County will benefit from the assistance.
FEMA reimburses 75 percent of eligible costs covered in the declaration.