Lane County snowstorm damage tops $17 million

Most of the damage was to utility companies, which reported more than $14 million in total damages.

Posted: Apr. 25, 2019 8:50 AM
Updated: Apr. 25, 2019 6:46 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The late February snowstorm caused more than $17 million in damage to Lane County’s infrastructure, the county reported Thursday.

Most of the damage was to utility companies, which reported more than $14 million in total damages. Debris removal made up another $2.3 million in reported damages, followed by nearly $500,000 for emergency protective measures.

“We weren’t surprised to see that Lane County reported the most widespread damage to infrastructure due to the snowstorm,” said Lane County Emergency Manager Patence Winningham. “Our utilities and roads were particularly affected and required an incredible amount of repair and recovery work.”

Lane County agencies reported a total of $17,339,039 in public infrastructure damages caused by the February snowstorm. That amount does not include damages to the Oregon Department of Transportation infrastructure, which incurred significant damage along Highway 58.

The request for financial reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been forwarded to the federal government by the State of Oregon. Reimbursement will only occur if approved by the president. If approved, financial reimbursement would cover 75 percent of the total cost, with the remaining 25 percent the responsibility of each agency.

The reported damage to primary residences and businesses did not meet the minimum threshold for financial assistance to individuals.

Statewide the total reported damage to public infrastructure was $30,028,943. Douglas County, also hard hit by the storm, reported $11.1 million in damages.

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