May 15, 2020
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More Than $1.7 Million Approved for Fayetteville Utilities
RALEIGH, N.C. – The State of North Carolina and FEMA are announcing more than $1.7 million to reimburse Hurricane Florence-related expenses for a Fayetteville public utility.
The funds reimburse repairs made to Fayetteville’s electric grid that serves more than 82,000 customers. Repairs included removing and replacing conductors, poles, transformers and other essential electrical grid components damaged during Hurricane Florence.
“The Fayetteville Public Works Commission is pleased to receive the $1.7 million from FEMA to reimburse PWC and its customers from expenses incurred during Hurricane Florence,” said Fayetteville Public Works Commission CEO and General Manager David Trego. “This reimbursement could not be more timely as we are all grappling with the economic impacts related to the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to thank Governor Cooper’s administration and the Legislature for their assistance and advocacy on behalf of local government entities, including municipal utilities like PWC, in obtaining these reimbursements.”
FEMA has approved more than $5.4 million in Hurricane Florence-related expenses to the Fayetteville Public Works Commission.
The Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.
Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs, and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.
FEMA’s share for this project is more than $1.3 million and the state’s share is more than $437,000.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.