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Groves sees FEMA funds for Harvey debris

GROVES — The city of Groves is the latest to get some help paying for Hurricane Harvey debris removal.

The destructive storm hit the area almost one year ago, and earlier this week the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the city $1.2 million towards the $1.4 million cost for debris removal. The grant of $1.2 million is the federal share of the cost and requires a 10 percent nonfederal match by the city, or $137,964.

Groves City Manager D.E. Sosa said the 10 percent match amount is being paid through the governor’s office of emergency management.

So now the city will soon cut checks for the three businesses that were tasked with debris disposal — Tetra Tech, DRC Emergency Services and Republic Services.

Sosa said the amount of Harvey-related trash picked up in six months time is equivalent to 18 months of normal trash pickup.

The funding comes from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a disaster, according to a press release from FEMA. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

FEMA provided funding for these projects directly to the state. It is the state’s responsibility to ensure that the eligible recipients receive these awards. Following the receipt of appropriate documentation, the state will provide funds to the recipients on a reimbursable basis.