PARCEL RETURN SERVICE, DC, Dec 28, 2011 — FEMA has already paid out more than $150 million to New Yorkers who were affected by tropical storms Irene and Lee. And more financial help is on the way for state and local governments.
Over 60,000 people registered for storm assistance
from FEMA before the deadline passed in mid-December.
Now FEMA is working with state and local governments here to reimburse them for storm costs.
Chris Mckniff is a spokesman for the agency. "Roads might need to be repaired or bridges need to be repaired, or there's actual structural damage to government buildings," he said.
Mckniff says it's still too early to know what the total bill will be. FEMA will cover 75% of the repair costs. New York State will split the balance with local governments.