Oregon officials optimistic FEMA will provide storm reimbursement
LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- After meeting with FEMA officials Tuesday, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management feels confident they will receive reimbursement for the December, 2016 ice storm.
County officials are asking for a $9.4 million reimbursement from FEMA. The damage was limited to Lane County.
They're asking the governor to write a letter to the president this week asking for a federal disaster declaration.
Lane County's emergency manager said the declaration has to be made within 30 days after the storm. The storm occurred December 14 through December 17.
“The agencies in this town are incredibly well organized and some of those that were hit the hardest have the best documentation. And so I'm feeling really good that FEMA's going to have a lot of really quality documentation to review," said Lane County’s Emergency Manager Linda Cook.
Cook said if the reimbursement does not pass, then utility companies will have to pay for storm repairs on their own. For the Springfield Utility Board, it's an estimated $300,000. For EWEB it's more than $4,000,000 dollars, and more than $800,000 for EPUD.