Thursday, September 29, 2005

Funding obligated for debris cleanup on coast

Gov. Haley Barbour announced Tuesday that $104 million in public assistance funding has been expedited for debris removal in five local governments.

The funds, made available from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Infrastructure Program, are for the following local governments:

  • Biloxi, $24,788,400
  • D’Iberville, $3,262,188
  • Gulfport, $43,728,750
  • Harrison County, $27,300,000
  • Long Beach, $4,875,000.

“We’re pleased to receive FEMA public assistance funding,” Governor Barbour said. “The significant amount obligated today will help relieve the financial burden placed on municipalities faced with overwhelming debris cleanup following Hurricane Katrina’s winds and wave surge.”

“Debris cleanup was immediately identified as a joint priority by FEMA and the state,” said federal coordinating officer William Carwile. “The release of this funding today will contribute greatly to citizens’ well-being as local governments move forward with removing and disposing of debris in their communities.”

This is the third expedited push of Public Assistance funds, bringing the total expedited/obligated to date to more than $122 million to reimburse costs incurred for debris removal and repair.

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