LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated nearly $35 million to the state of Arkansas for 375 eligible public assistance projects to date. This funding addresses damages and incurred costs brought about by the late January, 2009, ice storm.
Part of the $35 million will help cover debris removal costs incurred by Boone, Greene, Newton and Sharp counties and the city of Fayetteville in Washington County. Electric Cooperatives in Clay and Craighead counties will use funds to the replace damaged electric utility equipment.
"FEMA approves funding for eligible public assistance projects that address the safety of individuals and the operation of public emergency services," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Moore.
Obligated FEMA funds will cover 75 percent of an eligible project's cost. In Arkansas, the state contributes 12.5 percent with the local share covering the remaining12.5 percent.
The majority of the 375 public assistance projects obligated to date are under $1 million. Seven key projects, all in excess of $1 million, total $12.1 million.
|Clay Electric Cooperative||1,701,561|
|Washington, Fayetteville City||2,181,813|
|Craighead Electric Cooperative||1,500,000|
Once FEMA forwards funds to the state of Arkansas, further management of the funds, including disbursement to organizations performing the services, is the responsibility of the state.
"The funding for these 375 eligible projects is a result of the cooperative efforts of the applicant, state and federal government," said State Coordinating Officer Rich Griffin.
FEMA responds to all eligible requests for assistance through the Public Assistance program. For more Public Assistance information, go to www.fema.gov.
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 man-made disasters.