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Corpus Christi and Aransas Pass get reimbursed millions for Hurricane Harvey debris cleanup

Posted: 3:32 PM, Apr 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-22 16:32:17-04

Corpus Christi, Aransas Pass, and the Texas General Land Office were reimbursed for debris cleanup and removal after Hurricane Harvey hit the Coastal Bend in August 2017.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency also known as FEMA awarded more than $24 million in total to the two cities and state department.

Corpus Christi received $10.6 million,Aransas Pass received $7.4 million and the Texas General Land Office received $6 million to remove marine, vegetative, construction and demolition debris left behind by the rain and winds from Harvey.

According to a press release from FEMA’s Texas Recovery, the City of Corpus Christi removed 454,100 cubic yards of vegetative, construction and demolition debris.  That’s more than 91.5 million gallons of trash left by the force winds and torrential rain from Hurricane Harvey.  The total cost of the work was more than $11.8 million.  The City had a 10 percent cost share that equaled to $1.18 million.

The City of Aransas Pass removed more than 459,000 cubic yards of vegetative and construction debris left in city roads, rights of way and culverts by Harvey’s flooding and winds.  The trash and debris was so much that it blocked access to emergency services and reduced communication and power capabilities.  The total cost of removal was nearly $8.3 million.  The City of Aransas Pass shared 10 percent cost equaling $829,493.

And the Texas General Land Office removed more than 29,000 cubic yards of vegetative, construction and appliance debris from the coast and waterways in Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio and Victoria counties. The total cost of debris removal exceeded $6.6 million. FEMA’s grant of nearly $6 million required a $660,058 nonfederal cost share.

The grants come from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, which reimburses eligible applicants for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a disaster. These eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations.

FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program provides project funding directly to the state for disbursement to applicants. The grants will be disbursed through the Texas Division of Emergency Management.