Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden held a conference call on Saturday, March 14, to discuss emergency relief funds in Oregon for people impacted by recent flooding and the coronavirus.
The senator pointed out that regions in Eastern Oregon still have not received FEMA funds for flooding in 2019. That does not include funds being sought for the most recent flooding this year in Umatilla County.
Officials on the conference call estimated that there is still more than $25 million in damage that needs to be covered, but with no funds yet to pay for it.
Not only is Umatilla County trying to recover from flooding, but is a place that is also managing two confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
"We're hoping to get the economic package for the coronavirus to come through to aid that — the need is so great," Wyden said.
He reassured local partners on the call, listened to their main concerns and asked follow up questions on how to best serve their top priorities.
People on the call also asked about the coronavirus outbreak.
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