"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Gov.

John Kitzhaber on Thursday asked President Obama to declare a

federal disaster in six Oregon counties – including Clatsop and

Tillamook – because of damage and emergency response costs

resulting from the winter storm Jan. 11 through Jan. 14.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

governor is asking for a public assistance declaration for

government infrastructure only. Oregon did not meet the criteria

for an individual assistance declaration for primary homes.

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application is in the hands of the Federal Emergency Management

Administration (FEMA).

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">If the

declaration is approved, FEMA grants defray 75 per cent of eligible

damages and costs. Preliminary state and federal damage assessments

found an estimated $7 million in eligible damage across the state

from a series of "freezing rain, rain and snow," according to the

governor. 

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Kitzhaber said that "the series of weather-related events triggered

by the storms of mid-January left damage to our state's

infrastructure, especially to roads and utilities. In addition,

state and local agencies incurred extraordinary costs to pay for

emergency actions to protect critical infrastructure."

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

governor's request seeks federal disaster aid for Clatsop,

Tillamook, Clackamas, Crook, Douglas and Lincoln and counties.     

                                         

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">"Because

state emergency management and federal emergency officials have

worked in close partnership on this request, I am confident it will

receive prompt and thorough consideration by President Obama and

the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)," said B.G. Mike

Caldwell, interim director of Oregon Emergency Management.

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