"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">VERNONIA

— The Vernonia School District is receive $11.2 million from the

Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of its efforts to

rebuild after the Great Coastal Gale of December 2007.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The new

grant comes in addition to the $150,000 in funding that the

district received through Congressional appropriations in fiscal

year 2010.

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announcement was made jointly Thursday by U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley

and Ron Wyden and Congressman David Wu, who represents the North

Coast.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">“Money

can’t build the spirit of community that the citizens of Vernonia

have shown since the flooding,” said Wu, “but $11.2 million can

certainly build a top-notch school, create some jobs, and foster

new hope for a better future.  This is a proud day for a

much-deserving community.”

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According to FEMA, the agency will acquire the existing Vernonia

K-12 school buildings through its Flood Mitigation Assistance

program.  The $11.2 million in proceeds from the acquisition will

go towards the construction of a new school campus outside the

floodplain.  Groundbreaking for the project took place last

month.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">“This

grant will do more than just construct a school, it’ll help rebuild

a community and create jobs,” Merkley said. “I’m thrilled these

unspent disaster funds have found the right home. Congratulations

to the community. Not even a 500-year flood can wash away

Vernonia’s bright future.”

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Wyden

agreed.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">“This

announcement means that the federal government and FEMA are doing

the right thing for the families of Vernonia who have worked

tirelessly to put their lives and their community back together,”

he said. “The schools in Vernonia have always been the heart and

soul of the community and this money means that it will stay that

way into the future.”

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">In 2007,

flooding washed through Vernonia, completely destroying sections of

the Vernonia School District.  The district received $150,000 in

Congressional appropriations funding in fiscal year 2010.

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