AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1,560,647 to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to reimburse for labor and equipment for the collection and proper handling of hazardous materials in orphan drums and containers during Hurricane Ike.
Subject to the ebb and flow of the tides, approximately 5,000 containers were washed away into the inner tidal zone and identified for recovery and disposal in Galveston, Houston and Beaumont.
"The orphan drums, containing potentially hazardous materials, were captured, removed from the environment and disposed of safely," according to Bert Bowen, FEMA's environmental and historic preservation advisor.
FEMA, as part of its ongoing mission to the state of Texas, assumed 100 percent of the project costs to Texas. The obligated funds are a portion of $602 million in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"It has been six months since Ike made landfall. FEMA is still working strong and plans to continue to be a moving force in recovery," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris.
"With these Public Assistance funds, FEMA plays a vital role in our state's recovery from Hurricane Ike damages," added State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun.
FEMA responds to all eligible requests for assistance through the Public Assistance program. For more Public Assistance information by county, go to www.fema.gov/ike and click on the Disaster Statistics button.
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.