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Washington to Get $13.4 Million for Nisqually Earthquake Damage

Jul 18 2002

Murray secured funding in Emergency Supplemental bill agreed to Thursday

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The state of Washington will receive $13.4 million in federal reimbursements for damage sustained in the February 2001 Nisqually earthquake, Sen. Patty Murray announced Thursday.

Murray secured the funding in the Emergency Supplemental bill, which was approved by a House-Senate conference committee this morning.

"I am pleased to announce that Washington state will receive over thirteen million dollars in federal funds to reimburse some of the costs of the Nisqually earthquake," Murray said. "This will help mitigate some of the costs to local taxpayers."

The 6.8 magnitude quake injured 410 people and caused damage throughout western Washington. Immediately following the earthquake, the Washington State Department of Transportation began assessing the damage and making repairs to state highways and facilities. Eligible repair work includes reconstructing damaged bridges and paved surfaces, establishing detours, removing slides and debris, and replacing signs, lighting and guardrails.

"These dollars will provide critical help to repair our roads and bridges and to provide jobs for Washington workers," Murray said.