TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $15 million to Harris County for operations to clean up debris following the Hurricane Ike disaster.
"FEMA places a high priority on getting debris cleaned up after this disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This federal assistance will contribute significantly to the Harris County's recovery efforts."
FEMA awarded a $15,364,342 grant to pay contractors for the removal and disposal of vegetative, and construction and demolition debris, as well as to remove Ike-damaged trees and limbs that presented a threat to public safety. Because the work was completed before the April 26 deadline for 100 percent federal reimbursement for debris operations, FEMA is reimbursing the total cost of these operations.
Once FEMA reimburses the state of Texas, further management of the funds, including disbursement to organizations performing the services, is the responsibility of the state. This award is a portion of the more than $958 million in total Public Assistance disaster funds obligated to the state since September 2008.
"Removing the enormous amounts of debris left in Ike's wake has been one of the costliest aspects of the recovery effort," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "This federal grant will relieve Harris County of an enormous financial burden."
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.