Federal government pledges $2 million to OR, WA for storm damage - KPTV - FOX 12

Federal government pledges $2 million to OR, WA for storm damage repairs

Posted: Updated: Dec 11, 2015 05:47 PM
Monday photo from Lake Oswego Fire Department Monday photo from Lake Oswego Fire Department
Mudslide on I-5 near Woodland Mudslide on I-5 near Woodland
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Federal Highway Administration is providing $2 million in emergency relief funds to help repair flood-damaged roads and bridges in Oregon and Washington following this week's storms.

Heavy, sustained rain led to major flooding, landslides, sinkholes and road closures throughout the region starting on Monday.

Within three days, parts of Oregon had rainfall totals up to 18 inches. The Portland Bureau of Transportation said they hauled away around 1,000 cubic yards of debris, or 75-85 dump truck loads, during the storm.

On Friday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the immediate availability of $1 million each for Oregon and Washington to assist with repair efforts.

Preliminary damages are estimated to be at least $15 million for Oregon and $5 million for Washington, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Federal officials said additional resources would become available as each state continues to assess the damage.

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