The state and Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, have approved reimbursing North Carolina Department of Transportation $6.3 million for debris removal costs following Hurricane Florence, bringing the total reimbursement to more than $44.2 million.
The $6.3 million cover the removing hurricane-related debris in Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Sampson counties. More than 14,500 tons of hurricane-related debris were removed from NCDOT roads and public property. FEMA’s total share for this project is more than $4.7 million and the state’s share is more than $1.5 million.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program is a cost-sharing program that provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.
FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75% of eligible costs and the state covers the remaining. The federal share is paid directly to the state to disburse to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.