Curry County receives a natural disaster grant

Chetco River flooding in Curry County in April 2019. (News 10)

The United States Department of Agriculture is providing $150,000,000 grants available through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities recover from natural disasters.

The grant is said to provide money for relief from hurricanes, wildfires, and other major disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared a Major Disaster Declaration.

Curry County is listed as one of the counties that is able to apply for these funds.

Court Boice, Curry County Commissioner, said the county is looking forward to the funds.

"After wildfires and flooding last year, we are extremely excited for the grant money. Our first priority will be to fix the roads. We also want to use the money towards fire mitigation," Boice said.

Boice said the county wants to avoid smoke at all costs.

Lily Morgan, Josephine County Commissioner, said although Josephine County had a lot of wildfire damage last year it did not apply for the grant.

"If we had had damage to infrastructure, or if we had roads that were destroyed from the snow, we would've been apart of that. But, we did not apply, we did not qualify for county reimbursement," Morgan said.

Morgan said the Oregon Department of Transportation applied in Josephine County, and Illinois Valley Fire applied, but the county as a whole did not.

According to the grant, smaller households with the lowest median household income will be eligible for a higher proportion of grant funds.

The grant said applications will be accepted at USDA state offices on a continual basis, until the funds run out.

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