AUSTIN, Texas -- A nearly $4 million bill for the removal of 381,472 cubic yards of Hurricane Ike debris from the city of Pasadena in Harris County will be paid in full, thanks to a reimbursement program under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance branch.
The funds have been obligated directly to the state for transfer to the city of Pasadena which is the local entity that contracted for the debris removal. The reimbursement is for eligible and documented vegetative debris hauled from the city in October 2008. Part of the project included land fill fees, which were also covered by FEMA.
Under the presidential disaster declaration, FEMA reimburses designated Texas counties at 100 percent for eligible debris removal projects, through April 26, 2009.
In all, more than 20.6 million cubic yards have been removed from eligible Texas counties; 9.2 million cubic yards of the total was from Harris County. More than $266 million has already been obligated to Texas for debris removal and the debris removal mission is 95 percent complete.
More than $545 million in total Public Assistance funds has been obligated to Texas to date.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.