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FEMA, COR3 Obligate Additional $37.8 Million for Recovery Work in Puerto Rico

By on March 10, 2020

SAN JUAN — FEMA and the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, or COR3, have obligated an additional $37.8 million in funds for 116 projects related to the recovery and reconstruction of Puerto Rico. These funds were obligated between Feb. 28 and March 6.

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 hurricanes Irma and María.

To date, over $6.4 billion has been approved for Puerto Rico under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

The latest grants obligated are as follows:

  • Nearly $12 million for repairs to public buildings and equipment.
  • Over $10.4 million for repairs to roads and bridges.
  • Nearly $9 million to municipalities and government agencies for administrative costs.
  • Over $4.5 million for repairs to parks and recreational facilities.
  • Over $1.6 million for emergency protective measures.
  • Over $177,800 for public utilities.
  • Over $155,300 for debris removal.

These latest obligations include over $1.2 million to the Ponce Port Authority for repairs to the crane systems at Puerto de Las Américas. To date, more than $6.5 million has been approved for the Ponce Port Authority for emergency protective measures, architectural and engineering design costs and other permanent work to its facilities.

“This is excellent news since with this award, we can move business at the port forward and begin to repair and provide maintenance for the cranes,” Ponce Mayor María “Mayita” Meléndez was quoted as saying in FEMA’s media release.

Another notable obligation is nearly $3.8 million to the municipality of Barceloneta to repair hurricane-related damage to the Sixto Escobar gym auditorium.

“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. 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,” FEMA’s release says.

Emergency protective measures are actions taken to eliminate or lessen 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, buildings and equipment, utilities and park and recreation facilities as authorized under Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.

“FEMA and COR3 remain focused on prioritizing obligations of funds to municipalities for eligible expenses related to hurricanes Irma and Maria to help communities recover,” FEMA said.

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