TEXAS CITY, Texas -- When Hurricane Ike hit Texas' upper Gulf Coast last September, it tossed dozens of boats from the water onto dry land and destroyed several public boat docks at the Pleasure Island Marina on Sabine Lake. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has now obligated Public Assistance grants totaling more than $2.7 million to replace four of the marina's eight docks.
The first award, for $1.4 million, will go toward replacing Docks B and C, while a second $1.3 million award will help replace docks D and E at the popular marina, which is operated by the city of Port Arthur's Pleasure Island Commission.
Because costs to repair the docks would have been more than 50 percent of the replacement value, the commission qualified for replacement funding from FEMA. The FEMA grants will pay 90 percent of the docks' replacement costs.
"The marina suffered severe damage because of Ike's strong storm surge," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "These FEMA grants will help fix the marina and thus contribute to the recovery of Pleasure Island's economy."
Once FEMA reimburses the state of Texas it is the state's responsibility to manage the funds, which includes making disbursements to local jurisdictions and organizations that incurred costs. 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 tops $2.3 billion.
"This federal assistance will help get the marina back in operation after a difficult period," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "FEMA's Public Assistance grants are making a visible difference in state and local recovery efforts."
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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