Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $5.4 Million Coming to Oregon for Natural Disaster Recovery

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and
Ron Wyden announced that the Port of Brookings Harbor and the Oregon Department
of Forestry will be receiving $5,417,255 from the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster recovery
efforts through its Public Assistance Program.

“Oregon’s devastating winter storms and wildfire season take
a heavy toll on many communities across the state, and we need to continue to
do everything we can help them recover and rebuild,” said Senator Merkley.
“I’m glad this federal funding is headed to the Port of Brookings Harbor and
the Oregon Department of Forestry to help ease the expensive burden communities
have taken on to recover and move forward following severe weather events. I
will keep working to ensure Oregon communities have the tools they need to
recover and become more resilient in the face of future wildfires and winter
storms while we take on the climate chaos that is intensifying these

“The destructive punches from winter weather and wildfires
in Oregon sometimes slam our state to the point that federal help is needed to
assist with the rebound in communities large and small,” Wyden said. “I’m gratified the Port of Brookings Harbor and the
state Department of Forestry have secured these much-needed federal funds, and I’ll
keep battling to deliver similar resources for communities recovering from
similar disasters across our state.”

The award amounts and information can be found below:

  • Port
    of Brookings Harbor: $1,835,304 for debris removal operations following
    severe winter storms and flooding, which caused excessive sediment to be
    deposited into the Port of Brookings Harbor.
  • Oregon
    Department of Forestry: $3,581,951 for management costs resulting from
    wildfires and straight-line winds.