ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $2.5 million award to help the city of Waveland, Miss., recover from Hurricane Gustav.
The award from FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program will help the city repair utilities damaged when high storm surge and waves delivered by Gustav battered coastal areas bordered by South Beach Boulevard. The resulting erosion of fill material and limestone damaged underground utility lines and three lift stations along a 4.5 mile stretch.
"This type of infrastructure damage has a deep impact on a community," said FEMA Regional Administrator Phil May. "Helping the city repair it is a key part of FEMA's mission to help speed the recovery and rebuilding process."
FEMA is covering 75 percent of a total project cost approaching $3.5 million. PA dollars, among other things, help state and local governments repair infrastructure damage. The funds are granted to states after major disaster declarations.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.