President Bush declares federal disaster for 11 Washington, Oregon counties hit by flooding

Flooding cause of 8 deaths

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A slide over Hwy. 6 in Lewis County Wash., still blocks the road on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has requested federal disaster declaration for the two Washington counties that were hit by hardest by storms and flooding earlier in the week.

Federal dollars will be headed to the flood-ravaged Pacific Northwest.

President Bush has declared a federal disaster for 11 counties in the region.

The declaration allows aid to flow into Oregon and Washington as the area recovers from last weekend’s storms.

The federal government will reimburse 75 percent of the public cost for the disaster response and will provide funds for preventative measures, such as burying utility lines. It does not provide money to individuals.

FEMA says more assistance could be granted as floodwaters recede and officials get a better look at the damage.

Oregon and Washington saw flooding, landslides and mudslides triggered by storms that hit the coast from December 1st to 3rd. Eight deaths are blamed on the weather.

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