PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- In the year since Hurricane Floyd battered four of the states in FEMA's Region III - Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia - the federal government has provided nearly $79 million in aid to individuals and communities to help them recover. In addition, more than $17 million has already been approved for mitigation measures to reduce the risk of damage from future disasters. Additional mitigation funding has been requested.
"Unfortunately, we can't turn back the clock and stop Hurricane Floyd in its deadly path," Region III Director Rita A. Calvan said. "What we can do is help people to recover and, hopefully, to protect themselves from future damage."
Nearly $32 million of the federal aid has gone to individuals to help with housing-related costs and to address serious, disaster-related needs not met by insurance or other assistance programs. More than $47 million has helped cover the cost of public assistance needs such as debris removal, and repair of roads and bridges. The breakdown by state is:
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Some $11 million has been approved for the four states through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to fund projects designed to reduce damage from future disasters. These funds frequently are used to acquire flood-prone properties. In addition to these HMGP funds, Congress approved supplemental funds in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd to be used to acquire owner-occupied, substantially damaged homes. Pennsylvania has used $6 million of these supplemental funds and Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have requested funds as well.