Charleston, WV - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expects to approve funding for as many as two dozen contracts for right-of-way debris removal through the West Virginia Department of Highways (DOH). Along with this the West Virginia Conservation Agency has awarded contracts for debris removal for three sites to be reimbursed by FEMA.
Because it is scattered on highway rights-of-way, the major portion of West Virginia's debris removal as a result of the Feb. 16 storm is being handled by DOH, a major applicant for FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program.
Jackson and Roane Counties have awarded seven contracts for debris removal. Mason County plans to award 16 contracts this week. Other contracts may follow if DOH sees the need or the county cannot perform the work with their own employees. These are lump-sum contracts because debris may be scattered over a wide area.
Financial assistance in the amount of $1,948,287 has been obligated to repair or replace disaster-damaged public facilities through FEMA's PA program. The obligated funds are for 269 project worksheets.