AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated nearly
$4.4 million to League City for debris clean-up and the monitoring of debris removal following the Hurricane Ike disaster.
"League City is ensuring that piles of debris are removed from public areas and that the job is done right," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "The FEMA grants demonstrate our commitment to helping Texas communities eliminate these unsightly and unsafe reminders of Hurricane Ike."
The $4,387,926 FEMA grant will pay League City's bill from the CrowderGulf company to remove and properly dispose of debris left on city property. It also will pay the bill from Beck Disaster Recovery to monitor the debris-removal operation. Vegetative mulch from the clean-up operation was used to provide road foundation at the Bolivar temporary debris management site.
The federal government is reimbursing 100 percent of the cost of debris-removal work. Once FEMA sends the funds to the state of Texas, further management of the funds, including disbursement to organizations performing the services, is the responsibility of the state. The obligated funds are a portion of more than $703 million in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"The debris-removal effort has been extremely costly for the state of Texas and for our cities and towns," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "These federal Public Assistance funds provide welcome support."
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.