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FEMA to spend $359M for Ike infrastructure repair
Polk County Enterprise - January 2009
AUSTIN – Federal and state disaster assistance continues to help Texans recover from Hurricane Ike. Nearly $1.4 billion has been provided for disaster assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as of Jan. 9; millions of dollars in requests for other aid are still being processed. FEMA also extended the deadline for fi ling applications for assistance to Feb. 6. The Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) requested another extension, citing a continued fl ow of new applications from Texans for disaster assistance. “This extension gives Texans more time to apply for disaster aid,” said State Coordinating Offi cer Joan Haun. The Texas Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) and , partners in the state’s recovery, provide the following summary of the nearly $1.4 billion provided for disaster assistance as of Jan. 9: • Nearly $454 million in disaster assistance for housing, disaster-related needs and disaster unemployment assistance is in the hands of Texans for Hurricane Ike recovery. • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly $493 million in low-interest disaster loans. • More than $60 million (number adjusted to correct reporting error) for short-term, transitional sheltering in hotels/motels for eligible applicants. Some 4,452 eligible individuals and families are still participating in the program. • To date, more than $359 million in public assistance funding has been obligated for local public infrastructure repair and debris removal costs. • FEMA has provided temporary manufactured housing for 2,806 applicants or 76 percent of the 3,684 applicants eligible for direct housing assistance. • More than 20 million cubic yards or 85 percent of eligible debris has been cleared from disaster-affected counties. To register, go online to www. fema.gov or call 1-800-621- FEMA.