May Floods And Mudslides Recovery Roundup

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Release date: 
June 15, 2001
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San Juan, PR -- Commonwealth and federal recovery officials report that more than $5.5 million has been approved in disaster aid to help local residents and businesses recover from the floods and mudslides that occurred May 6 to 11, 2001.

After the May 16 presidential disaster declaration for the affected areas in Puerto Rico, the recovery efforts performed to date by FEMA, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and other federal and voluntary agencies are:

Individual and Family Grant (IFG) Program

A total of $3.6 million has been approved under the IFG program. Administered by the Department of the Family, the IFG program provides assistance to individuals and families to meet serious disaster-related needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance, federal, commonwealth or voluntary agency disaster assistance programs.

FEMA Disaster Housing

The FEMA Disaster Housing Program has disbursed $1.3 million in aid. To date, the total aid approved in the nine designated municipalities is:

Disaster Housing Grants
MunicipalityDisbursed Disaster Housing
Cabo Rojo$109,805
Sabana Grande$23,930
San Germán$63,401

FEMA disaster housing assistance includes grants for rental assistance and/or to cover basic repairs to make damaged homes habitable. This aid is not intended to fully compensate individuals for their entire loss, but gives them a helping hand on the road to recovery.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA has approved a total of $ 591,000 in disaster related loans. Low-interest SBA loans may be available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to cover real estate and personal property damage that is not fully compensated by insurance or other sources.

FEMA/ Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCS)

  • Three DRCs at fixed locations in Guayanilla, San Germán and Yauco; 3 mobile DRC units support other municipalities and sectors, as needed.
  • The DRCs have been set up to provide information about the disaster assistance programs. There are phones available at the DRCs for those residents who do not have phone service to call the FEMA toll-free registration line at 1-800-462-9029. Hearing and speech impaired individuals may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585.
  • The fixed DRCs operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and are located at:
    • Multi-Service Center (former Senior Citizens' Center)
      65 Infantry Street (Intersection Encarnación)
      Yauco, PR
    • Raquel Quiñones Public Library
      11 José Julián Acosta Street (next to the Catholic church)
      San Germán, PR
    • Public Library (2nd floor)
      #7 Barbosa Street
      Guayanilla, PR
  • The mobile DRCs operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,...
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February 11, 2013 - 11:04
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