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FEMA: Over $194 million in assistance approved for Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery

By on May 25, 2018

SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded more than $194 million in additional Public Assistance Program grants for Hurricane María recovery in Puerto Rico, the agency said in a release Thursday.

The program provides grants to government organizations and private nonprofits for “debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures,” which it defines as “actions taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats either to lives, public health or safety, or significant additional damage to public or private property in a cost-effective manner,” as well as the “repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities.”

The recently approved grants follow, per FEMA’s published announcement:

  • For debris removal:
    • More than $168 million to the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works.
    • More than $5 million to the Municipality of Añasco.
    • Nearly $2 million to the Municipality of San Sebastián.
    • More than $3.1 million to the Municipality of Vega Alta.
  • More than $8.7 million to the Municipality of Bayamón for emergency protective measures.
  • Nearly $3 million to the Puerto Rico Department of Health for emergency protective measures.
  • More than $2.3 million to the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority for emergency protective measures to purchase and install six floating pumps to supplement water flow at the Guajataca Dam.
  • More than $2.3 million to the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources for emergency protective measures for generator use at flood-control pump stations.

The Public Assistance Program is funded by FEMA and administered by the government of Puerto Rico.

To date, FEMA wrote, the “program has obligated $2.2 billion in total funding to the government of Puerto Rico and municipalities.”

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