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Over $22.7M in federal aid to help in local storm recovery

HOUSTON – Federal disaster aid estimated at more than $22.7 million will help local governments in the recovery of the March 7-29 tornadoes and flooding, federal officials said.

Federal assistance has been made available to Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler counties.

The money will help local governments:

  • Clean up the community and repair roads and bridges.
  • Put water systems and utilities back in order.
  • Repair hospitals and emergency services.
  • Rebuild libraries and replace damaged books.
  • Rebuild schools and universities.
  • Restore damaged public parks.

Officials said the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program will provide a minimum of 75 percent of the cost to repair or replace disaster-damaged infrastructure.

“Public Assistance grants support the work that helps an entire community recover,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas. “These are federal tax dollars coming back to Texas to rebuild taxpayer-funded infrastructure.”

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