County gets disaster funds

Gardner Ridge Road is the only access for 10 families. During the heavy spring rains, the roadway collapsed, leaving only one lane available for travel.

Curry County is one of six in Oregon that will receive federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides April 6-21.

The other counties are Douglas, Grant, Linn, Umatilla and Wheeler.

 Heavy rainfall, combined with snowmelt runoff, set the stage for the extended period of flooding, from the Willamette Valley to Eastern Oregon.

Oregon communities faced numerous hardships during the destructive event, most significantly the loss of life in Douglas County resulting from a swollen river.

In Curry County, near Brookings, Gardner Road collapsed. It’s one of the region’s logging roads, which is a major source of revenue for the area.

Portions of U.S. Highway 101 were closed during the storms as well.

A joint preliminary damage assessment was conducted the week of May 13 in the affected counties, including the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. More than $8 million in damages were documented by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

From these assessments, the estimated costs for this disaster were categorized as:

• Debris Removal: $154,675

• Emergency Protective Measures: $534,125

• Roads and Bridges: $5,368,829

• Water Control Facilities: $425,000

• Public Buildings: $15,000

• Utilities: $1,394,624

• Parks/Other: $317,840

The disaster declaration announced by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on July 9 makes federal funding available to the state and eligible local and tribal governments, plus certain private nonprofit organizations, on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work.

The funding will also be used to repair or replace facilities damaged by the severe winter storms, flooding, landslide, and mudslides in the six eligible counties.


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