Clock ticking for storm damage assessments

Public agencies must respond with high-level damage assessment by March 13 to meet deadline
Posted on 03/06/2019

The damage caused by the snowstorm that hit Lane County communities from the Coast Range to the Cascades last week is expected to add up to more than $10 million in damages to public utilities, road infrastructures and more.

 

Public agencies affected by the snowstorm have until Wednesday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m. to complete a preliminary damage assessment for Lane County that will then be shared with Oregon Emergency Management. Lane County only has until March 18 to provide all assessment information to the State. Once the assessment is submitted, the State can evaluate what damage reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are possible.

 

The link for public agencies to submit preliminary damage assessments is: https://apps.lanecounty.org/InitialDamageAssessment/.

 

The preliminary damage assessments should be high-level overviews. If FEMA then decides to pursue reimbursement, representatives would work with each agency and Lane County to perform a more detailed audit of expenses.

 

Public agencies ­– including utilities, cities, school districts, water districts, park districts and others – will be contacted directly by Lane County Emergency Management and provided instructions to help with the assessment.

 

Individual property owners are not being asked to submit damage assessments at this time. Individual property owner reimbursement from FEMA is unlikely as the storm damage to private properties does not appear to have met the minimum level required.