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BEND, OR -- Bend-La Pine Schools will receive more than a million dollars in federal funding to cover costs incurred during last winter's record snowfall. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide $1.1 million to cover expenses for engineering evaluations and snow removal that were necessary when the region received massive amounts of snow. Storms also resulted in the collapse of the Kenwood School gym (pictured).

 

In announcing the grant award Friday, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden said it’s important the district recoup costs and ensure students and staff are safe. "Last year's snowstorm walloped central Oregon and it's essential that the Bend-La Pine School District gets these federal resources to help recover costs," Wyden says in a statement. 

 

"These much-needed funds will help the Bend-La Pine School District recover from serious damage caused by last winter's snowstorms," Merkley said in a statement. 

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