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SR-530 MUDSLIDE: Murray, Cantwell, Larsen, DelBene, Lovick Announce New Federal Grant for Community Recovery

Sep 15 2014

$1.5 million grant will go to Snohomish County to help communities recover from mudslide

Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01), and Snohomish County Executive John Lovick announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will make a $1.5 million grant to Snohomish County to help local communities recover from the mudslide.

The funding comes through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Sanctions Fund, which helps communities impacted by major declared disasters to address their long-term recovery needs following the impacts of recent disasters. Snohomish County will have flexibility to allocate the funding to address recovery needs within the affected area, as long as the funding is eligible under CDBG.

“Disasters like these are a time for all of us to come together to help the impacted families and communities get back on their feet, so I am glad that we were able to deliver this latest round of federal support,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Oso, Darrington, and Arlington have been through so much this past year, and this investment will help these communities continue down the long hard road to recovery.”

“This grant will help residents affected by the State Route 530 mudslide take another step forward in rebuilding their communities,” said Senator Maria Cantwell. “As we approach the 6-month anniversary of the tragic mudslide, we must continue to work to ensure every resource possible is available for the long-term recovery of the Stillaguamish Valley.”

“The communities affected by the 530 mudslide have shown strength and resilience as they recover from this tragedy. I am pleased that Oso, Darrington and Arlington will get this financial support to continue the hard work of rebuilding their homes and livelihoods,” said Rep. Rick Larsen.

“This funding is part of our ongoing commitment to doing everything possible to ensure that resources are available to help the families and businesses affected and to help the community rebuild,” said Rep. DelBene.  “The community’s response in Oso, Darrington, and Arlington has been incredible since the landslide.  I’ll continue to push for resources to help the region recover from this tragedy.”   

“We’ve been blessed to have such great support every step of this difficult journey,” Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said. “This generous grant will go far to help the hardworking people directly affected by the slide and flooding continue to recover and move forward with their lives.”