PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding of $4,722,610 is on its way to the state of Pennsylvania for the acquisition and demolition of 59 homes that were substantially damaged by Hurricane Floyd last September.
The projects in Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery counties total $6,296,815.
FEMA can fund 75 percent of a project. The state will provide 22 percent, with the balance from other non-federal sources.
The federal money is part of a $215 million supplemental allocation Congress approved for buyouts and relocation of properties in states under disaster declarations because of Hurricane Floyd.
FEMA's obligation by county is as follows:
- Bucks County - $3,874,443 toward a total project cost of $5,165,925 for the acquisition and demolition of 27 substantially damaged homes in Middletown Township, nine in Bensalem and five in Hulmeville.
- Delaware County - $558,262 toward a total project cost of $744,350 for the acquisition and demolition of 10 attached rowhomes on 13th Street in the City of Chester and five attached rowhomes on Powell Road in Chester Township.
- Montgomery County - $289,905 toward a total project cost of $386,540 for the acquisition and demolition of two homes on South Warminster Road in Upper Moreland Township, and one home on Skippack Pike, Skippack Township.
Preliminary approval for these projects was given in April, when FEMA announced that states affected by Hurricane Floyd would begin receiving interim funds for projects already submitted to the state. Under the rules of the supplemental allocation, funding can be used only for primary residences that are uninhabitable due to the disaster.
The $215 million approved by Congress is in addition to the funds available for through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which is intended to save lives and limit property damage through projects that reduce a community's vulnerability to natural disaster.
Under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, communities present proposals to their state. The state selects from among these proposals using its own criteria. FEMA reviews the state's choices to make sure they comply with federal law and are cost effective. If the proposals pass these tests, FEMA releases the funds to the state.
Hazard-mitigation funds are limited. The money available is an additional amount equivalent to 15 percent of the federal money spent on response and recovery operations in a federally declared disaster.