Washington, DC -- Disaster assistance for the District of Columbia has been expanded to include aid for district agencies and departments affected by the August 10-12 flooding, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved the additional assistance following a review of damage data gathered by federal and district disaster recovery officials. Under the original declaration issued by President Bush on August 16, the district was designated for aid to individuals, families and business owners.
"We are committed to meeting the recovery needs of devastated families and businesses and ensuring that vital community services are restored as quickly and efficiently as possible." Allbaugh said.
Under the expanded assistance, Allbaugh said affected departments and agencies in the district are eligible to apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost for debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities.
Procedures for requesting the assistance will be explained at an applicant briefing at a location to be announced shortly by district and federal disaster officials.