The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released over $7 million in grant funding to help offset the cost Suffolk County acrued during its recovery from Hurricane Irene, and Brookhaven Town is slated to receive the lion's share.
According to a release, FEMA has pitched in $4,296,116 as a reimbursement for money Brookhaven Town spent removing 16,894 tons of waste left behind in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The $7 million represents roughly 75 percent of the total debris removal cost.
“FEMA is pleased to provide funding for these important projects in support of New York State’s recovery from Hurricane Irene,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr in a statement.
The remainder of the $7 million will go to the Town of Smithtown and to Suffolk County.