Posted on November 13, 2003
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) applauded today's announcement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to release $6.2 million to the city of Memphis for debris removal from the severe storm that hit the city on July 21-22. "Last July's destructive storm left Memphis with the enormous challenge of a massive city-wide cleanup" said Frist. "I applaud FEMA for its quick response and the city's efforts to help families and local businesses recover from this devastating storm. This critical funding will assist state and local government finish the job to get greater Memphis back on its feet." "West Tennessee communities were hit hard by severe weather this summer," Alexander said. "Local leaders and volunteers worked countless hours to rebuild as soon as possible. I am pleased that FEMA is providing assistance as these efforts continue." FEMA will reimburse Memphis $6,222,775, or 75 percent, of the $8.2 million for citywide contract and force account removal and disposal of vegetative debris generated by the storm. Reimbursement for debris removal by the city's own employees amounts to $2.3 million of the federal share. The additional $3.9 million of FEMA's $6.2 million disbursal will go to the city to reimburse outside contractors engaged to help with debris removal. The remaining 25 percent of the $8.2 million total will be covered by the city of Memphis and the state of Tennessee. FEMA is a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security whose mission is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident.