The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience of Puerto Rico, or COR3 continue with reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico after the hurricane Maria with over $ 18.5 million in additional grants for 77 projects.
Of these funds awarded between June 26 and July 1, 68 allocations will go to projects in municipalities totaling more than $ 17 million.
Recent grants include over $ 238,000 to the municipality of Luquillo to remove and replace the asphalt in the Buena Vista Carrión sector and the El Hoyo sector, which are the only access roads for some 55 families in this area.
“Receive approval of these much-needed FEMA funds to repair the damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which were devastating to Luquillo, is highly optimistic. Having these roads in optimal conditions is very useful and important in emergencies. It is extremely joyful to know that these residents will be able to have their highways as they long for, "said Luquillo Mayor Jesús Gerardo Márquez Rodríguez.
On the other hand, about $ 209,000 was approved for the municipality of Barranquitas in order to repair which was the Old Casino and will soon become the School of Fine Arts. In the building, which has more than half a century of history, different cultural music and dance programs will be offered for the social benefit of the municipality.
“We are very excited and grateful for the obligation of these funds. In this space we will have the opportunity to educate children and young people in everything related to Fine Arts, and it will be of accessibility and enjoyment for all people from Barranquilla, "added the mayor of Barranquitas, Elliot Colón Blanco.
Likewise, about 40,000 vegalteños will enjoy new recreational facilities with the approval of over $ 155,000 for two permanent construction projects. This is the basketball court and baseball park in the Carmelita sector of the coastal municipality.
"The projects that we are presenting today with FEMA are in addition to the other initiatives that we are working on at the municipal level so that the recovery happens from planning to reality. For this hurricane season, we are also strengthening our Municipal Emergency Management teams to promote preparedness and resilience strategies, "said Mayor Vega Alta, Oscar" Can "Santiago Martínez.
Measures to counter possible damage to The future is just as important as the funds to make repairs. For this, the El Hoyo de Luquillo sector will see improvements with about $ 22,000 of the allocation to optimize the road drainage system and it is contemplated to install a 10-foot long concrete slab on the approach. While in the Barranquitas project, nearly $ 20,000 will be used to install metal panels on the roof. Also, in Vega Alta, a metal roof will be installed for the municipality's basketball court for a total of about $ 21,000 for its projects, among other mitigation measures.
The most recent approved grants are broken down as follows:
- Over $ 11 million for repairs to highways and bridges.
- Over $ 5 million for repairs to parks and recreational facilities.
- About $ 1 million for repairs to public buildings and equipment.
- About $ 607,000 for administrative expenses of Municipalities and Government Agencies.
FEMA works with COR3 through the Federal Agency's Public Assistance program with the task of forcing recovery funds to private non-profit organizations, municipalities, and government agencies of Puerto Rico to expenses related to hurricanes Irma and María. To date, over $ 7 billion has been awarded to Puerto Rico as part of FEMA's Public Assistance program.