TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $1.7 million grant to Chambers County for work to remove hazardous waste during Hurricane Ike cleanup operations.
FEMA awarded $1,787,319 as a payment for contractors who removed the hazardous waste from the Chambers County debris fields. Because the work involved debris removal, FEMA is paying the total cost of these operations.
"Getting rid of hazardous waste protects the public health and safety, but it also is an important step in the recovery process," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This grant demonstrates FEMA's commitment to helping Chambers County get back to normalcy after the storm."
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 $1.3 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 $2.4 billion.
"Removing hazardous materials from piles of debris is a time-consuming and costly process," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "Support from the state of Texas and the federal government for this endeavor has been tremendous."
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.