Obama declares Ore. storm disaster; aid available



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State officials say a disaster declaration Friday from President Obama will make federal funds available to help repair roads, bridges and other infrastructure damaged by a storm in mid-January.

Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a statement the aid would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover 75 percent of the cost of repairs and of emergency expenses.

The disaster declaration said the aid would be available in a dozen counties: Benton, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Hood River, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, and Tillamook. Aid to reduce hazards is available statewide.

The governor’s office said the government is still processing part of a declaration that could make homeowners eligible for temporary FEMA assistance.

Flooding was blamed for two deaths.