TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2 million to Texas City for the removal and disposal of debris as part of the Hurricane Ike recovery effort.
"FEMA supports efforts by cities and towns throughout the disaster area to get debris cleaned up after the storm," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This grant covers the cost to clean up more than 210,000 cubic yards of debris in Texas City."
FEMA awarded a $2,297,369 grant to pay contractors to clean up, haul and dispose of vegetative, and construction and demolition debris. Because the work was completed before the April 26 deadline for 100 percent federal reimbursement for debris operations, FEMA is paying the total cost of these projects.
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. The obligated funds are a portion of nearly $964 million in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"This federal grant will be of major assistance to Texas City," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "Debris removal has been one of the most challenging aspects of the recovery effort."
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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
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 disaster.