VERNONIA, Ore. (AP) - Three years after a storm flooded the city of Vernonia, it can expect $11.2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help rebuild its schools.
The Daily Astorian reports the new grant comes in addition to the $150,000 in funding that the Vernonia School District received through Congressional appropriations in fiscal 2010.
The announcement was made jointly last week by U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and U.S. Rep. David Wu.
According to FEMA, the agency will acquire the existing Vernonia K-12 school buildings through its Flood Mitigation Assistance program.
The $11.2 million from the acquisition will go toward construction of a new school campus outside the floodplain. Groundbreaking for the project took place last month.
The latest round of winter weather is not expected to cause more flooding.
Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com
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