On Tuesday, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced
that the Oregon Department of Transportation will receive more than $43 million
in additional recovery funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for
continued hazard tree and debris removal after the 2020 fire disasters.
Wyden said, “Recovery efforts from the catastrophic
2020 fire season have been steady, but too many small communities have carried
the challenging and expensive burden of taking immediate action to clean up and
clear roads after the fires were out”.
Merkley said “Oregon’s devastating 2020 wildfire season
took a heavy emotional and financial toll on many of our small communities and
we need to do everything we can to help them recover and rebuild”.
A release said the FEMA dollars come in addition to the more
than $218 million in federal reimbursement for hazard tree and debris removal
in Lane, Jackson and Marion counties. That follows an increased FEMA cost share
formula for all major emergency and disaster events, such as the 2020 fire
events in those counties.