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Published on April 15, 2024
President Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon, Unlocks Federal Aid Post-Winter StormsSource: Wikipedia/Adam Schultz, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

President Joe Biden has stepped in to offer a federal helping hand to Oregon after severe winter weather wreaked havoc across the state. The president declared a major disaster exists in Oregon due to extreme winter storms, straight-line winds, landslides, and mudslides that hammered the area from January 10 to January 22, 2024, according to the White House. The declaration unlocks federal funding to support recovery efforts in multiple counties and with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

This federal aid is set to back state, tribal, and local recovery teams in their efforts to repair and replace public facilities damaged by the natural disasters. The green light for financial assistance extends to Benton, Clackamas, Coos, Hood River, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Multnomah, Sherman, Tillamook, and Wasco counties. It's also on the table for the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, who's lands were among the affected regions.

Yolanda J. Jackson from FEMA has been put in charge to oversee the federal recovery operations, ensuring that aid and reconstruction efforts are coordinated efficiently. Furthermore, the declaration includes provisions for cost-sharing for hazard mitigation statewide, setting the stage for preventative measures against similar disasters in the future.

Oregonians affected by the havoc that mother nature wrought are looking at a much-needed lift from these federal funds, with the potential for additional designations if the state's further damage assessments reveal a data that necessitates more aid. The move demonstrates the federal government's commitment to support communities in bouncing back from catastrophic weather events that strain local resources and resilience.