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Additional $2.7 Million Obligated for Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Work

By on January 14, 2020

SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Puerto Rico’s Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, or COR3, have obligated more than $2.7 million in additional funds for 22 projects related to the recovery and reconstruction of Puerto Rico after 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria. The funds were obligated between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9.

FEMA works with COR3 through the agency’s Public Assistance program to obligate recovery funds to private nonprofit organizations, municipalities and agencies of the Government of Puerto Rico for expenses related to the hurricanes.

To date, more than $6 billion has been approved for Puerto Rico under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

The latest grants obligated are as follows:

  • Over $2.3 million for repairs to roads and bridges
  • Over $157,000 for emergency protective measures
  • Over $98,200 for repairs to public utilities
  • Over $95,000 to municipal governments and government agencies for administrative costs
  • Nearly $64,000 for repairs to public buildings and equipment

Many projects during this phase of the recovery are for architectural and engineering design, “which may open the door to funding opportunities for larger projects in the future,” a joint release reads. “These funds help to reduce the ‘damage-rebuild-damage’ cycle that comes with restoring structures to pre-disaster conditions. They assure quality by meticulously detailing scopes of work to ensure a repaired and rebuilt Puerto Rico is better positioned to withstand another storm.”

Emergency protective measures are actions taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats either to lives, public health or safety, or significant additional damage to public or private property.

Funding for permanent work includes projects like roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities and park and recreation facilities as authorized under Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.

Some details on the 22 obligations:

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