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FEMA Obligates $19.4 million for Hurricane María Recovery Efforts

By on April 14, 2020

Funds 105 projects in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Puerto Rico’s Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, or COR3, have obligated an additional $19.4 million in funds for 105 projects related to the recovery and reconstruction of Puerto Rico due to Hurricane María. These funds were obligated between April 3 and April 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 hurricanes Irma and María.

FEMA said Tuesday that as the island continues to safeguard its residents with social distancing and self-quarantine measures, COR3 and it remain focused on prioritizing obligations of funds to municipalities for eligible expenses to help communities recover. To date, nearly $6.6 billion has been approved for Puerto Rico under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

The latest grants obligated are as follows:

  • Over $7.4 million for debris removal.
  • Over $5.6 million for repairs to roads and bridges.
  • Over $4.4 million for repairs to parks and recreational facilities.
  • Over $1.2 million for repairs to public buildings and equipment.
  • Over $604,100 for emergency protective measures.
  • Nearly $78,000 for public utilities.
  • Nearly $5,000 to municipalities and government agencies for administrative costs.

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. 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 in a cost-effective manner. 

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