US FEMA Releases $1.18 Million For Guam Typhoon Recovery

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Power company gets disaster funding for costs from Typhoon Dolphin

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 23, 2015) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released $1.18 million in grant assistance to the Guam Power Authority, for costs associated with the recovery from Typhoon Dolphin, which passed just north of Guam in May.

FEMA approved recovery funding and assistance for government-related costs from the storm, but the amount of damage was not enough to qualify for assistance for individual residents, the agency determined.

According to damage assessments conducted by local and federal officials after the storm, the typhoon reportedly affected 390 residences, including nine homes that were destroyed and 55 homes that incurred major damage.

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The storm passed between Guam and Rota the evening of May 15, bringing wind gusts as high as 106 miles per hour to northern Guam. The storm brought down power lines, which had a ripple effect of also knocking out water service to many residents after backup generators failed. Forty-two of the agency’s 89 generators failed.

The grant provided to GPA covers 75 percent of the agency’s costs for power restoration, according to Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo’s office.

"FEMA continues to provide assistance to our community to fully recover from Typhoon Dolphin. This grant will assist GPA with the power restoration projects they undertook following the typhoon. I appreciate FEMA’s commitment to ensure that our island is restored to normal and that our local government has the federal support that it needs to address these issues," Bordallo stated.

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