Portland (OR), .- The governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, today declared the emergency in ten counties due to severe conditions of the winter storms that shake the state these days.
The statement has been requested by local officials as recommended by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and includes Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Linn and Marion counties.
“As our state and local authorities continue to work hard to clear roads, connect power and ensure the safety of the community, this statement will provide additional resources and potential for federal highway system funding in the future,” he said. governor.
The state of emergency implies that the local authorities support the needs of the communities. The OEM will facilitate access and use of state resources, personnel and equipment to protect communities, property and the environment.
It will also help in the recovery of localities by accumulation of snow and ice, strong winds, floods and landslides.
Today’s statement, according to the announcement, will also allow the transportation department to activate the emergency assistance program of the federal highway administration to help repair transportation systems.
“I urge all Oregonians to follow the recommendations of local authorities and avoid traveling while transportation department teams work on the roads and restore major services,” said Brown.
The declaration of state of emergency comes after several days in which the state of Oregon and its neighbor Washington have been shaken by a storm that has left deaths, rescues, multiple traffic accidents, cancellation of flights and structural damage.
Last Tuesday, 183 passengers were trapped in a train in the vicinity of Eugene, as the weather conditions prevented the workers from clearing a fallen tree on the road, with which the train crashed.
The state of emergency will be in force for 30 days, unless the governor cancels it in advance. (EFEUSA)