WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved almost $10.4 million in federal disaster aid to pay the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority (PREPA) for the costs of emergency work performed in the wake of Hurricane Georges last September, Vice President Gore announced today.
"Restoring power as fast as possible was a top priority in the days following Georges' devastating assault," Vice President Gore said. "As part of our long-term recovery program for Puerto Rico, we are continuing to work with Gov. Rossello's administration to ensure that all vital community facilities are rebuilt better and stronger."
The federal funding, totaling $10,389,632, was made available through FEMA's Public Assistance program as reimbursement for the costs incurred in the repair and restoration of the electrical transmission and distribution lines damaged throughout the island as a result of Georges.
The repair assignment was carried out by 300 electric utility workers from three power companies located in six different East Coast states. The 69 power restoration crews from Northeast Utilities, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and Long Island Power Authority also brought equipment and materials to assist PREPA in expediting the power restoration process in Puerto Rico.
More than $123.6 million in federal funding has been approved for PREPA under FEMA's Public Assistance program, which reimburses state, territorial and local governments for part of the costs of rebuilding a community's damaged infrastructure. The program includes debris removal, approved costs of emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement or restoration of storm-damaged public facilities, such as roads and bridges, buildings, parks, water control facilities and utilities.