Boaters at Port of Brookings in Curry County will be navigating deeper waters thanks to a $416,250 disaster recovery grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Damage to the harbor, the busiest recreational port in Oregon, resulted from severe weather of December 10, 2015. Soaking rains triggered heavy silt deposits shed by floodwaters from stream tributaries and a failed culvert. Thousands of cubic yards of materials settled on the harbor floor restricting boat access to the Ice House pier service area.
The federal grant will help pay for the dredging and hauling away of 9,325 cubic yards of sediment.
Federal disaster recovery funds for this event come through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Program. The program offers 75 percent—or $416,250 in this grant—of eligible costs for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
The remaining 25 percent will come from non-federal sources such as state or local governments. The PA program also encourages protection of damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for certain hazard mitigation measures.