Sep 27 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $7 MILLION IN HURRICANE KATRINA ASSISTANCE

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be releasing over $7 million for communities in South Alabama to assist with recovery and reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Senator Shelby said, “These funds are critically important to Alabama’s efforts to recover following Hurricane Katrina. This federal assistance will remove some of the burden that state and local governments are shouldering and help communities get back on their feet. Further, I am committed to providing additional assistance to ensure that Alabama and the Gulf Coast can fully recover following the devastating storms that have struck this area.”

The funding is as follows:

Over $4 million in public assistance will be released for emergency construction of protective sand berms on Dauphin Island. FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program will provide $4,073,842 for emergency protective measures completed by October 27. This assistance will be provided at a temporary adjusted rate of 100 percent federal cost-share. Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic loss of sand from beaches, and erosion left improved property and infrastructure vulnerable to further damage from future storms.

$1.12 million in public assistance will be released for the removal of an estimated 80,000 cubic yards of Hurricane Katrina debris in the City of Bayou La Batre. FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program will provide $1.12 million for citywide debris removal from public rights-of-way completed by October 27. This assistance will be provided at a temporary adjusted rate of 100 percent federal cost-share. Work has already begun in the county to remove tree and vegetative debris caused by a tidal surge that swept over 80 percent of the city along with high winds that resulted in extensive tree and limb damage.

$2.69 million for Hurricane Katrina debris removal along 1,500 miles of public roads in Baldwin County. FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program will provide $2,698,109 for debris removal from public rights-of-way in the county completed by October 27. This assistance will be provided at a temporary adjusted rate of 100 percent federal cost-share. PA specialists estimate that over 212,000 cubic yards of disaster-related debris qualifies for removal.

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