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Workers place plywood sheets on the gym floor at Sutherlin High School after water damage caused by February’s snowstorm. Public facilities are eligible for repair cost reimbursement from FEMA.

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration Thursday for February storm damage in Oregon.

The declaration makes Federal Emergency Management Agency funds available for storm-related reimbursement to public agencies.

The storm that dropped more than a foot of heavy snow in some areas of Douglas County cost local agencies more than $11.1 million, according to an assessment from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. The storm caused more than $30 million in damage to five Oregon counties, including $17 million in Lane County.

On April 16, Gov. Kate Brown sent a letter Trump requesting a major disaster declaration.

No less than 75% of costs related to debris removal, emergency protective measures and repair or replacement of damaged facilities can be reimbursed for public agencies, tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations, according to a FEMA press release.

Up to 75% of funds used by public agencies to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters are also available.

Max Egener can be reached at megener@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4217. Or follow him on Twitter @maxegener.

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Max Egener is the city reporter for The News-Review. He has a master's degree from the University of Oregon, and is an avid skier and backpacker.

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