FEMA to assign $70.3 million for Puerto Rico National Guard, Transportation Department
SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner in Washington D.C., Jenniffer González, announced Monday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will assign $70.3 million as part of Hurricane Maria recovery aid.
“The Department of Transportation & Public Works [DTOP by its Spanish acronym] will receive a $67.5 million allocation to continue the work related to debris removal in all the island’s highways. After the hurricane, the condition of our highways has been evident. This new assignment represents a direct injection to continue cleaning our roadways to move toward the reconstruction phase.”
Meanwhile, the Puerto Rico National guard will receive $2.8 million to continue assisting in the removal of debris throughout the island as well.
The U.S. government will assume 100 percent of the debris collection cost.
These FEMA public assistance (category A) funds are provided to the state, in this case, the government of Puerto Rico, which will be responsible for distributing these funds to the corresponding agencies. After the government reviews invoices and documentation, it will assign the relevant funds.