Texas counties, UTMB get money to recover from Ike


Thursday, February 26th 2009, 6:20 pm
By: News 9


HOUSTON (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded two Texas counties more than $5.4 million in grants for their cleanup efforts after Hurricane Ike.
   The feds are also giving Galveston's medical school and public hospital complex more than $26 million to help it recover from the Sept. 13 storm.
   U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison today announced Orange County is set to receive $2.88 million while Liberty County will get $2.57 million. The funds will reimburse the counties for the costs of their cleanup efforts.
   The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is getting federal grants to pay for emergency protective services and cleanup after the hurricane. With this latest award, FEMA has given UTMB more than $98 million.
   UTMB suffered more than $1 billion in damage during Ike. Only about $100 million of that was covered by insurance.