SEATTLE - Members of Washington's congressional delegation say the Federal Emergency Management Agency will give Snohomish County nearly $7.6 million as the first payment in a grant program that reimburses local governments for spending on recovery after federally declared disasters.
The payment from FEMA's Public Assistance Grant Program was announced Tuesday as President Obama toured the site of the March 22 Oso mudslide. Forty-one victims have been identified and two people are still missing.
U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen say the money represents a 75 percent reimbursement for costs Snohomish County submitted to the federal government 30 days into the recovery effort.
County Executive John Lovick says he's "truly appreciative of this first installment of public assistance as we continue the important work ahead of us."