Perry wants more full federal payments over Ike

October 21, 2008 2:42:04 PM PDT
Gov. Rick Perry says Hurricane Ike caused $11 billion in damage to Texas and he wants the feds to extend some 100-percent recovery payments. ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim

Perry on Tuesday announced he's asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend, for 18 months, its full payment of Ike emergency protective measures and debris removal costs.

Full federal payment is set to end Oct. 27.

In some disasters, FEMA pays 75 percent reimbursement and the remainder comes from local jurisdictions.

Perry notes the federal share was expanded to 100 percent reimbursement after the 2005 hurricane season for Louisiana, which suffered from Katrina and Rita. Ike struck Southeast Texas on Sept. 13.

Perry also announced disbursement of $650,000 in Texas Disaster Relief Fund grants, including $125,000 to the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

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