Umatilla County residents and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have received more than $3 million in disaster assistance funds. The aid follows severe flooding and landslides that hit Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington in early February that washed out roads, bridges, businesses and homes.
According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, more than $1.2 million in recovery resources came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Housing Assistance and Other Needs programs, collectively known as Individual Assistance.
“We are grateful for the quick response and ongoing support from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management and FEMA partners,” said Umatilla County Emergency Manager Tom Roberts in a statement. “It has been a significant help to our community, especially as we struggle with the impacts of COVID-19 and the severe rain that we are experiencing this week.”
The Small Business Administration has also approved 20 disaster loans totaling more than $1.2 million for individuals and families, with more applications in the review process.
According to an assessment from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, nearly 400 homes were destroyed or damaged by flooding, with the estimated costs of assistance for homes at roughly over $4 million. Costs for the disaster in total is estimated to be over $26 million, accounting for debris removal, roads, bridges and other major damages.
The deadline to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance and recovery funding was extended to July 2, 2020.