TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The city of Sugarland will receive federal grants totaling more than $4.8 million to pay contractors for debris removal following Hurricane Ike, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Tuesday.
The Fort Bend County town hired contractors to remove more than 390,000 cubic yards of vegetative and construction debris and to clear hazardous trees and limbs from public rights of way. Sugarland also contracted to have the work monitored. FEMA awarded two grants totaling $4,877,899 to reimburse the city for 100 percent of its costs.
"Getting debris cleaned up after the hurricane was a massive undertaking," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "These grants demonstrate FEMA's support for Sugarland's efforts."
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 more than $1.1 billion in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"Sugarland worked hard to get its streets cleaned up after Ike," said State Coordinating Office Joan Haun. "This federal assistance provides important financial support to the city and its residents."
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's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.