TEXAS CITY, Texas -- A new $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will contribute to repairs and mitigation measures at the city of Galveston's primary pump station, which was flooded in Hurricane Ike's storm surge, FEMA officials said Wednesday.
The 59th Street Pump Station, the city's primary source of fresh water, was inundated with nine feet of floodwaters during the storm surge. FEMA awarded a $1,009,832 grant to help repair the facility and elevate equipment in the station above the flood elevation. Because the work is for repairs and mitigation, FEMA is paying 75 percent of the total costs.
"By contributing to the elevation of the station's equipment, we are hoping to prevent any damage that might occur in a future flood," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "Breaking the cycle of disaster damage, repairs and repeated damage is one of FEMA's primary goals."
Once FEMA pays the funds to the state of Texas, their management, including disbursement to local governments and organizations performing services, is the responsibility of the state. The obligated funds are a portion of more than $1 billion in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"This grant demonstrates the ongoing partnership among FEMA, the state and local governments to help communities recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ike," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun.
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.
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