FEMA grants a combined $51 million to Puerto Rico utilities, emergency management and towns
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced Monday new funds and reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the island totaling $51.4 for expenses related to the impact of the hurricanes Irma and María.
FEMA will provide $5.3 million to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, “which represents 75 percent of the total cost, which amounts to $7,109,642.00 for the emergency work carried out due to Hurricane Irma,” according to the press release. The funds are given under Category B of the agency’s Public Assistance program, which covers the measures taken to provide “essential assistance” to face the immediate threats to life and property resulting from a major disaster.
Under the Public Assistance Pilot Program, in Category A, to cover debris removal work related to the impact of Hurricane Maria, the Municipality of San Juan will receive $16.9 million; the Municipality of Yauco $3.4 million; the Municipality of Naranjito $9.6 million; and the Municipality of Vega Baja $3.4 million.
In Category B of the program, the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority will receive $3.4 million for preventive measures carried out throughout the island to provide potable water and the establishment of temporary emergency services (oasis) in all municipalities due to the collapse of the water distribution system; and the State Agency for Emergency Management will receive $9.4 million for prevention measures due to Hurricane Maria.