TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $1.9 million grant to the city of Houston to repair Hurricane Ike damages to George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
FEMA awarded $1,916,189 as a payment for repairs to the terminal building, connecting bridge and concourse at the airport. FEMA is reimbursing the state for 90 percent of the total cost of these repairs.
"Getting transportation systems working is an important step in the recovery process," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This grant demonstrates FEMA's commitment to helping the city of Houston get back to normalcy after the storm."
"Houston's management of recovery operations is certainly commendable," said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. "We welcome support from the state of Texas and the federal government in this endeavor."
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.
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.