FRANKFORT, Ky. -- More than $28 million in Kentucky public works projects, almost all related to emergency protective measures and debris removal from January's crippling ice storm, has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA's portion for the more than 100 projects is $21.3 million - money that will ease the financial burden on state and local governments still cleaning up or repairing infrastructure after Kentucky's worst natural event in modern history.
The Kentucky Department of Transportation will be reimbursed more than $18 million for debris costs. The department oversaw a competitively bid state contract, which all of Kentucky's counties were invited to utilize as a way to streamline the debris removal process.
The Public Assistance program provides help to recovering public entities and certain non-profit organizations on a cost-share basis. The federal portion is 75 percent, with the remaining money coming from state, local and non-federal funds.
The approved funds are the first of at least 3,000 public works projects expected as a result of the ice storm.
Here's a look at some of the other public works projects FEMA approved for funding:
- In Grayson County, cutting 11,200 "hangers" from trees along with picking up and disposing of 140,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris. Cost: $2.27 million. FEMA's share: $1.7 million.
- In Magoffin County, replacement of a washed-out, low-water bridge. Cost: $10,692. FEMA's portion: $8,019.
- In Spencer County, repair of a school bus struck by a tree. Cost: $5,521. FEMA's share: $4,141.
- In Shelby County, replacement of a motor at a waste water treatment plant after a storm-related power surge. Project cost: $2,235. FEMA's share: $1,677.
Preliminary damage estimates put the eventual price tag for the January storm at more than $250 million. There have been more than 500 requests for public assistance from state agencies, local governments and eligible non-profit organizations.
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.