Posted on August 26, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced three grants totaling $7.2 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pay for countywide debris removal resulting from the severe storms and tornadoes that struck the city of Jackson and Madison County in May. The grants will help pay to remove an estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris, such as fallen trees, limbs and stumps. "The May storms that devastated much of Jackson and West Tennessee left the incredible challenge of debris removal in its wake," said Frist. "I congratulate the Mayor, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and FEMA for working together to respond to this crisis. This funding will help the greater Jackson community get back to business as usual and start down the path of economic recovery." "The citizens of Jackson are resilient and have shown incredible teamwork," Alexander said. "With the leaner times in state and local budgets, federal assistance is critical to make a swift and strong recovery possible. These grants will go a long way to help the citizens of Madison County rebuild." The first grant of $1.6 million is for emergency removal of debris. FEMA will pay $1.2 million as the federal share and the remaining one-fourth will be paid by the city of Jackson. The larger grant of $3.1 million is for subsequent debris removal work throughout the tornado-ravaged community. The total federal share for that award is $2.4 million with the city paying the remainder. For the third grant, FEMA will reimburse 75 percent, or $2.5 million dollars. Jackson and Madison County will pay one quarter of the cost. Debris removal is a part of the FEMA Public Assistance program that makes available funds for reimbursement of disaster-related costs to state and local governments and certain non-profit agencies that provide essential services to the community.