FEMA says NO to coverage of private property loss in January’s storms. Gov. Kitzhaber appeals that decision.
Although there was plenty of public roads, public buildings and sewer and water systems that were damaged by the big flood in mid-January, you can see from the photos that private property was battered as well. So, private property owners were encouraged to make a claim to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA said they had no trouble covering the public property part but then took their time in determining that they were not going to cover any private property losses or damage, this after Oregon Counties put out another call to those who had not yet filed for storm damage to their property from March 3rd to the 7th. Still, FEMA said no.
That prompted Governor John Kitzhaber to fire off a letter of appeal to FEMA asking them to reconsider their denial, especially in the face of serious losses by Oregonians during the mid-January flood. Although many private property losses were covered by insurance, the severity of the damage triggered sizeable deductibles and other out of pocket expenses that are well beyond what many families and businesses can pay.