FEMA Awards $1.2M Tsunami Grant to Oregon County

June 13, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced a disaster relief grant of nearly $1.2 million to Oregon’s Curry County to help repair and replace public infrastructure damaged by the tsunami waves from the Japanese earthquake.

Gov. John Kitzhaber sought federal disaster help after the March 11 waves caused major damage to the Port of Brookings harbor. The Register-Guard reports that the grant will help pay for repair and replacement of about 3,600 feet of floating docks that were swept away or destroyed.

The governor noted that about 50 percent of the economy for the Brookings area is directly related to the commercial fishing and recreational boating provided out of Brookings Harbor.

The Oregonian has reported the high water left behind an estimated $7 million in overall damage.

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