FEMA Denies Flood Damage Assistance to Lane County

March 19, 2012

By Nha Nguyen

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — FEMA aid money isn’t headed to Lane County.

The news reached the emergency management office late last Friday, much to everyone’s disappointment.

Victims of January’s floods had high hopes federal aid would help alleviate the financial burden of rebuilding their homes.

Now they’re left looking for alternatives.

As to why Lane County was denied, the reason remains unclear.

“We would only be guessing at this point, but we know that funding is tight all the way around, on all levels of government. So it may have been a funding shortfall, but it may also have been that we just didn’t meet that threshold,” said Lane County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Manager Linda Cook.

That threshold, Cook says, is 25 majorly damaged homes statewide.

In Lane County alone there were about five or six.

People waiting for help are now being encouraged to start the recovery process.

Cook says that most of the reconstruction will now have to be funded by each victim’s home insurance and what’s left over will most likely come from their own pockets.

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