FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 14, 2005

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES DEBRIS REMOVAL ASSISTANCE FROM FEMA

(Jackson, Miss.) – Governor Haley Barbour today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse the local governments of George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River and Stone for debris removal on private property.

“This situation poses an immediate threat to public health and safety, so we are very grateful to have debris removal assistance from FEMA. I realize that the federal government has never done this before, but I appreciate them agreeing to my request. In fact, the first 60 days, the federal government will reimburse us 100 percent,” Governor Barbour said. “Now, thousands of property owners and local governments who have suffered catastrophic destruction are getting the additional support that they need.”

FEMA will work with local governments to prepare reimbursements of eligible costs for removing debris from private property. The 37 remaining counties may also be eligible for debris removal from private property on a case-by-case basis. The determination will be based on threat to life, public health, and safety.

“FEMA is committed to economic recovery in all of Mississippi’s impacted counties, FEMA Coordinating Officer Bill Carwile said. “Debris removal on public and private property is one of the first steps in helping communities get back to business.”

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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741