TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $1 million to Montgomery County for work to remove debris following Hurricane Ike.
FEMA awarded a $1,078,789 grant for the county's costs to remove, haul and dispose of vegetative debris caused by Hurricane Ike's strong winds. The storm downed trees, branches and limbs resulting in an estimated 952,000 cubic yards of debris on public rights of way and government property in Montgomery County.
The debris posed an immediate threat to the public health and safety and the county took emergency protective measures by cleaning up the debris throughout its jurisdiction. Because the work was for debris operations, FEMA is reimbursing the total cost of the work.
"Cleaning up debris is an important step in the recovery process," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This grant demonstrates FEMA's strong support for the county's efforts to clear debris and thus protect the public health and safety."
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.
"Montgomery County has made major strides in its debris removal operations," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "This federal grant provides vital supplemental funding to the county."
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.