RICHMOND - Tropical Storm Irene was a very bothersome and costly, even dangerous and destructive, affair for most of Rhode Island. Last week, however, the town of Richmond was repaid for some of its troubles during the worst storm of 2011.
The Federal Environmental Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursed Richmond 75 per cent of it’s expenses during the storm. According to Town Administrator Steve Sette, Richmond got back just over $63,000.
“We were reimbursed that percentage for any expenses we accrued during the storm,” said Sette. Those expenses included overtime pay for employees, such as police, fire, and public works employees, water purchased during the storm, mitigation during the storm, and even showers that were open at Chariho High School for people who needed them.
The process by which the reimbursement money was issued consisted of a series of meeting with town and FEMA official. Sette said that the meeting focused on the process of reimbursement, outlining eligible expenses, compiling those expenses, and signing off on them.
According to FEMA press releases, the agency has provided hundred of millions of dollars in disaster to relief money to states, municipalities, small business and homeowners for expenses and damages related to Irene.
“FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigates all hazards,” according to agency statements.