TEXAS CITY, Texas -- When Hurricane Ike hit Texas' upper Gulf Coast last September, it displaced and damaged all the docks and 80 percent of the pilings at the Bayland Marina Boat Pier in the waterfront district of Baytown. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has now obligated Public Assistance grants totaling more than $5.3 million to return the marina to pre-disaster conditions.
The $5,320,666 grant will include mitigation to prevent similar damages in the future. Because costs to repair the docks would have been more than 50 percent of the replacement value, the city qualified for replacement funding from FEMA. The FEMA grant 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. "This FEMA grant will help fix the marina and thus contribute to the recovery of Baytown'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 $1.3 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 $2.5 billion.
"This is just one example of how the leadership in Baytown has made tremendous strides in getting the community recovered," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson.
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.