Numbers Grow Six Months After Ike

It has now been six months since Hurricane Ike barreled through Texas, and the price tag continues to grow.

So far, nearly $1.8 billion in federal and state disaster assistance has been doled out, according to FEMA.

Nearly 21 million cubic yards of debris has been cleared by the federal agency. Almost 159,000 visits have been made to disaster recovery centers since Ike hit.

Only one of the 130 centers remains open, according to FEMA.

The following is a press release from FEMA detailing some of the statistics in the aftermath of Ike:

Six months after Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas upper Gulf Coast, Texans are rebuilding and moving forward in their recovery from the disaster with the help of nearly $1.8 billion in federal and state disaster assistance.

The Texas Governor’s Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), partners in the state’s disaster recovery, provide the following summary of assistance approved as of March 12:

- More than $519 million in disaster assistance for housing, disaster-related needs and disaster unemployment assistance has been approved for Hurricane Ike recovery.

- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly $584 million in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes.

- More than $93 million for short-term, transitional sheltering in hotels for eligible applicants.

- To date, more than $602 million in public assistance funding has been obligated and sent to the state of Texas for local public infrastructure repair and debris removal costs.

- FEMA has provided temporary manufactured housing for nearly 3,600 applicants or 98 percent of applicants eligible for direct housing assistance.

- Nearly 8,000 Texans are in temporary housing under the Disaster Housing Assistance Program, which is funded by FEMA and administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

- Nearly 21 million cubic yards, or 95 percent of all eligible debris, has been cleared from disaster-affected counties.

- One FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center remains open out of 130 recovery centers that have served the affected counties in the disaster. Nearly 159,000 visits have been made to the centers.

To follow up on applications, go online to www.fema.gov/ike or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired.


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