TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Montgomery County will receive federal grants totaling more than $17 million to pay contractors for debris removal and monitoring following Hurricane Ike, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday.
Montgomery County hired contractors to remove about 952,000 cubic yards of debris from the streets, public rights of way and county facilities. In order to protect the public health and safety, the county also contracted for monitoring services to ensure proper disposal of the debris. FEMA awarded two grants totaling $17,173,967 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 Montgomery County'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. In all, federal assistance to Texas for the Hurricane Ike recovery effort totals nearly $2.3 billion.
"Montgomery County worked very hard to clean up after Ike," said State Coordinating Office Joan Haun. "This federal assistance provides important financial support to the county 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.