FEMA Approves $17.5 Million for City of Wilmington Debris Removal


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $17.5 million to reimburse the City of Wilmington for debris removal following Hurricane Florence.

Beginning Sept. 20, 2018, the City of Wilmington hired contractors to remove vegetation and other debris from public rights of way throughout the city. The approved funds cover work completed through Feb. 22, 2019.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent repair work.

Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs, and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state of North Carolina. FEMA’s share for this project was about $13.1 million. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to agencies, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.

For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, visit ncdps.gov/Florence and FEMA.gov/Disaster/4393. Follow us on Twitter:
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