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PUD will get FEMA reimbursement

   Columbia River People’s Utility District will receive $379,600 in public assistance funding from the Federal Emergency Management Association for recovery from the damage caused by severe winter storms that occurred in December 2015.

Heavy rains in the weeks beforehand caused several power lines to be taken out by high winds during the December event, leading to mass outages and heavy electrical infrastructure damage. Downed lines were reported on more than 150 roads in the PUD’s 240-square mile service area and 80 percent of the PUD’s 18,700 customers experienced outages. Eight agencies sent a total of 10 mutual aid crews to assist the PUD in the restoration effort, which spanned five days.

The total cost of the PUD’s outage restoration was $550,000, and $506,000 of those costs were eligible for a 75 percent reimbursement from FEMA.