$1 million from FEMA for Galveston library

February 15, 2012 10:06:43 AM PST
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the Rosenberg Library in Galveston almost $1 million for repairs from flooding caused by Hurricane Ike more than three years ago.

FEMA says the $944,000 will pay to fix flooring, walls and other components inside the historic library. It's also intended to cover costs of emergency steps taken just after the September 2008 storm to protect the building from even more damage.

The library building opened in 1904, making it Texas' oldest public library in continuous operation.

Denton-based FEMA regional administrator Tony Russell says the library represents the past, present and future of Galveston so it's important the collections housed there be restored and maintained.

This latest grant announced Wednesday brings to nearly $1.5 million in FEMA money for the Rosenberg Library Association.