TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The city and county of Galveston will receive more than $13 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse them for costs associated with debris removal following Hurricane Ike.
Two grants totaling $7.4 million have been obligated to reimburse Galveston County for hiring contractors to remove hazardous waste from the Bolivar Debris Fields and to monitor debris removal operations elsewhere in the county. Additionally, the city of Galveston was awarded a nearly $6.2 million grant to remove Ike-created debris from the city's storm sewer system.
"These grants demonstrate FEMA's commitment to helping Texans remove mountains of unsightly and unsafe debris and hazardous waste from their communities, and to get the work done right," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris.
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 $1.2 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 $2.3 billion.
"Galveston suffered a direct hit from Hurricane Ike and the debris cleanup effort has been tremendous," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "FEMA reimbursements for these costs provide welcome support."
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.