TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The city of Beaumont and Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 will receive $2.7 million in federal grants to reimburse their costs for debris removal and repairs following the Hurricane Ike disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Thursday.
Beaumont has been awarded a $1,436,239 grant to help repair or replace more than 7,000 street signs that were damaged or destroyed as a result of the storm. The FEMA award covers 90 percent of the total cost of the work. The drainage district will receive $1,290,468 to pay contractors for the full cost of removing, hauling and disposing of quantities of vegetative and construction debris after the hurricane.
"These Public Assistance grants are obligated to local government entities, but their intent is to help the people of Beaumont and Jefferson County," 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 $1.3 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 totals more than $2.4 billion.
"This federal assistance will provide needed support to Beaumont and the drainage district," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "FEMA's Public Assistance grants are making a visible difference in 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.
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.