March 13, 2008

FEMA Awards Nearly $15,000 For Local Storm Cleanup

To date, $6,941,209 in public assistance funding has been obligated to the State of Missouri to reimburse local governments and certain private non-profits for their expenses related to the December 6-15, 2007 ice storm, federal officials announced this week.

This amount represents almost 20 percent of the total estimated damage of more than $34.8 million to Missouri public facilities from the December storm. The funds are made available from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Memphis City Clerk Angela Newman announced that the city has received notification it will be reimbursed 85-percent of its costs associated with storm cleanup.

The electric line crew submitted a request for $4,063.04 in FEMA aid to offset costs of repairing damage created by the storm.

The street department submitted a request for $13,431.05 to cover costs of brush cleanup and debris removal following the storm.

FEMA will reimburse the city for 85-percent of its requested amounts, which will be $3,453 for the electric department and $11,416 for the road and street department.

Jasper County heads the list of recipients in Missouri with an award of $3,148,971.79 of which the City of Joplin will receive more than $2 million, the largest grant for debris removal to date under this disaster declaration.

Other major grants went to Barton County ($729,109.02); Cole County ($368,868.22); Boone County ($308,823.16); and Callaway County ($295,937.17).

These federal funds reimburse costs incurred for emergency protective measures, debris removal and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged public facilities, including roads and bridges, buildings, parks, water control facilities and utilities.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

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