Merkley, Wyden announce over $72 million headed to Oregon for COVID-19, natural disaster recovery

The following is a release from the Press Office of Oregon
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley.

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden recently
announced a total of $72,211,884.93 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awards.

These funds are intended to help various organizations and
departments around Oregon to financially recover from disaster and emergency
response efforts and to repair critical infrastructure from extreme weather

“Natural disasters and emergencies can strike at any time,
requiring emergency responses during and in the immediate aftermath of the
event,” said Merkley. “This FEMA funding, which is going to Oregon communities
and agencies that have been impacted by wildfires, winter storms, and the
COVID-19 pandemic, is crucial to ensuring our communities are able to recover
quickly and will support future preventative measures to protect Oregonians in
every corner of the state from natural disasters when they strike.”

“This is welcome news for Oregon communities working hard on
the three R’s that follow natural disasters — response, recovery and rebound,”
Wyden said. “These federal resources are a must to help our entire state in the
wake of weather-related disasters and the fallout from COVID on emergency
response statewide to the unprecedented public health crisis. I’ll always keep
fighting to ensure Oregonians get similar federal assistance whenever disasters

Award amounts and recipients follows below:

$60,183,670 to Oregon Health Authority for emergency
response and protective measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

$4,886,335.88 to the City of Umatilla for replacement of a
pedestrian bridge that crosses the Umatilla River as a result of severe storms,
flooding, landslides, and mudslides.

$2,013,729.82 to the Oregon Department of Corrections for
emergency protective measures as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

$2,008,180.97 Oregon Department of Forestry for emergency
protective measures as a result of wildfires and straight-line winds.

$1,696,398.75 To Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) for
permanent repairs as a result of wildfires and straight-line winds.

$1,423,569.51 to the City of West Linn for Public Assistance
Alternate Procedures (PAAP) debris removal operations as a result of winter