The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) together with the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience of Puerto Rico, or COR3, approved over $ 84 million in additional grants for repairs after the hurricane María.
The funds assigned correspond to the week of July 31 to August 6 and represent 105 projects related to the recovery and reconstruction of Puerto Rico.
Among the most recent approvals are about $ 2 million to the municipality de Ciales for various repairs to the bridge and the road in the Vega Redonda sector in the Toro Negro neighborhood. The works to be carried out on this road where some 970 residents pass include the replacement of asphalt, the replacement of various retaining walls, among others.
On the other hand, over $ 1.4 million was assigned to the municipality of Aguas Buenas to enable roads that they serve as access to various rural communities. This project includes repairs to be carried out on 7th Street in the Jacanas sector in the Sumidero neighborhood, Arachnis Street in the Rómulo Otero sector, the rural street that gives access to the Minillas community and the La Represa road.
Likewise , an obligation of around $ 556,000 is added for the municipality of Sabana Grande in order to repair the Ángel Mercado Coliseum. Located on Quilinchini Avenue, this facility is used for sporting events as well as community activities for the benefit of over 25,000 residents.
Part of the obligated funds will be used to prevent future damage by implementing mitigation measures. In Ciales, more than $ 926,000 will be used to install a concrete curb and sewer, among other improvements to reinforce the bridge. On the other hand, in Aguas Buenas about $ 39,000 will be used to install geotextiles among other measures to better control runoff drainage on the highways. Meanwhile, in Sabana Grande, over $ 28,000 was allocated to replace the aluminum windows of the coliseum with ones that resist hurricane force winds.
The most recent approved grants are broken down as follows:
- About $ 35 million for building repairs utilities and equipment.
- About $ 31 million for repairs to roads and bridges.
- Over $ 12 million for repairs to parks and recreational facilities.
- Over $ 4.5 million for protective measures in emergencies.
- Over $ 950,000 for debris removal.
- About $ 806,000 for administrative expenses of municipalities and government agencies.
- About $ 209,000 for repairs to public services.
FEMA works with COR3 through the agency's Public Assistance program federal with the task of obliging recovery funds to private non-profit organizations, municipalities and government agencies of the Port Rich for expenses related to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. To date, about $ 7.2 billion has been awarded to Puerto Rico as part of FEMA's Public Assistance program.