NEW CASTLE, Del. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized $439,594 for repair of the road and embankment around Silver Lake. The award brings the total amount of federal aid to the state for Hurricane Floyd to $3,295,773.
All of Silver Lake drained when more than 200 feet of the road and embankment washed away in the flooding unleashed by Hurricane Floyd September 16. Water coming over the road washed away soil on the far side until the bank gave way. Parts of a sewer line, phone line, and electrical line were destroyed, a sluice gate damaged, and two bridges undermined.
In addition to repair of the public facilities, the $439,594 award includes more than $60,000 in funds to mitigate future damages such as erosion from occurring if the lake overtops the road again.
"The extra money helps protect the site from the same thing happening again," said Steven Adukaitis, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. "We practice what we preach. This project will help make Silver Lake more resistant to disasters. We hope that, after Floyd, every individual and community in Delaware will take whatever steps are appropriate to protect themselves as well."
In addition to the award for Silver Lake announced today, a summary of federal and state disaster assistance to Delaware so far is as follows:
- As of Friday, Oct. 22, FEMA's Disaster Housing Assistance Program had approved $752,211.21 to 347 registrants.The state-administered Individual and Family Grants program had approved $140,501 to 68 registrants. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) had approved $1,665,100 in low-interest disaster loans to 43 individuals and businesses. For an application status or for questions on SBA loans, applicants can call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955, Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
- As of Friday, Oct. 22, FEMA's Public Assistance program had approved $737,961 for 28 applicants. The public assistance program provides funds to state agencies and local governments for up to 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, restoration and replacement of public facilities damaged by the foods. Assistance also may be provided to repair, restore and replace facilities owned by certain nonprofit organizations that operate and maintain educational, utility, emergency, medical and custodial care and other essential governmental service facilities.
- A total of 632 households and businesses from New Castle County have registered for assistance.
- The deadline for applying for federal disaster assistance in New Castle County, and for returning SBA loan applications for physical damage, is Friday, Nov.19, less than a month away. Business owners interested in applying for economic injury disaster loans may do so until June 21, 2000.
- The key to disaster survivors being eligible for additional assistance lies in the return of SBA loan-application packages. Victims who have already received some disaster assistance may be eligible for additional assistance through the state-administered Individual and Family Grant Program. If the SBA cannot approve the application, after it is received, applicants may be referred to the Individual and Family Grant Program. This could include disaster-related expenses such as replacement of essential personal property, transportation, or the rental of equipment to help with recovery. These grants may also be used for items not normally covered under the SBA disaster loan program, such as disaster-related medical and dental bills.
- FEMA's toll-free registration number is 1-800-462-9029. Hearing or speech ...