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Wildfire recovery assistance for Washington reaches $3.5M from FEMA

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Federal grants to help Washington recover from the state's worst wildfire season have topped $3.5 million, according to officials with the Washington Military Department's Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“FEMA grants offer significant financial relief for hard-hit communities in Washington,” said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Hardin of EMD. “From the emergency response through economic recovery, we’re all working together to get as much help as possible.”

The funding comes from FEMA's Public Assistance program which reimburses state and local governments, federally recognized tribes and some nonprofit organizations for 75 percent of eligible disaster-related expenses. Grants may cover the costs of emergency protective measures, debris removal and repairs.and replacements of damaged infrastructure.

Federal assistance provided to date includes:

$1.4 million—Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County—to restore power to 9,000 customers.

$349,000—Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County—to repair a mile-long transmission line and restore power to the Slide Ridge area.

$303,000—Okanogan County Electric Cooperative—to repair high-voltage power lines and replace 38 burned poles and seven damaged transformers.

$188,000—Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County—to repair a 6.5-mile section of high-voltage lines and a fiber optic network for Loup Loup.

$163,000—Chelan County—for emergency measures and services performed by first responders and support staff who set up roadblocks, manned a 911 call center, and evacuated and sheltered people and pets.

$139,000—Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County—to repair 11 miles of power lines and fiber optic cables between Chelan Falls and Wells Dam in Chelan County.

$106,000—Lake Chelan Reclamation District—to repair district-owned infrastructure that supports a mile-long power line owned by the public utility.

$103,000—Okanogan County—to repair asphalt surface on 43 roadways damaged by a mudslide and heavy traffic from firefighting equipment.

$98,000—Ferry County—for emergency measures and services performed by first responders, mainly evacuations and efforts in support of fire crews, base camps, marine patrols, emergency medical care, and search-and-rescue operations.

$90,000—Okanogan County—to clear 3,440 cubic yards of disaster-related debris that posed a threat to public health and safety. 

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