AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.1 million to reimburse the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for housing employees in the Beaumont area following Hurricane Harvey.
Because of the shortage of lodging in the area, TxDOT activated a pre-existing contract with Callan Marine to house TxDOT employees who helped control traffic and clear debris from the roadway. In all, more than 370 employees rotated in and out of the base camp from Sept. 23 to Oct. 29, 2017.
The cost of the camp is more than $1.2 million. The grant of more than $1.1 million is the federal share of the cost and requires a 10 percent nonfederal match by the applicant, or $123,118.
This grant comes from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a disaster. FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program provides project funding directly to the state for disbursement to the applicants. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.
For additional information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMAHarvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at www.twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.