Governor takes another run at FEMA for Malheur County storm relief

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – Gov. Kate Brown is asking President Trump to reconsider his denial of emergency assistance for a spate severe winters storms that hammered Oregon six months ago.

Brown asked Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to consider three factors in an appeal she filed last month. The request will include money for Malheur County, though how much federal cash the county would receive remains unclear. Malheur County Emergency Services Director Rob Hunsucker said in March county infrastructure endured about $2.4 million in losses from the storms.

The governor said in her June 9 appeal that new information shows the state qualified for a federal disaster declaration.

The appeal added: information that was not available or unknown at the time of the initial request, data regarding Oregon’s weather systems, and damage assessments that better match FEMA standards.

“These factors clearly demonstrate that the . . .