Bowling Green to receive over $3.3M in federal funding

FRANKFORT, Ky. – FEMA has approved more than $3.3 million in federal funding to reimburse the City of Bowling Green for debris removal as a result of the December tornadoes.

FEMA approved $2,074,369 for debris cleanup between Dec. 27 and Jan. 25, which included vegetative debris, parts of buildings, lumber, roofing material, concrete, and other construction and demolition materials.

During this time, 156 leaning trees, along with over 100 hanging limbs and several stumps, were removed from the city.

FEMA also approved $1,252,659 for collection, reduction and disposal of debris from Dec. 12 to Dec. 26, as well as Jan. 27 to March 15.

In total during this period, 93 hanging limbs, 33 leaning trees and over 20 stumps were removed.

Due to the magnitude of damage from the tornadoes, President Joe Biden in January authorized a cost share adjustment to 100% federal funding for debris removal for a 30-day period of Kentucky’s choosing – in this case, from Dec. 27 to Jan. 25.

FEMA says it will reimburse applicants at 90% of eligible costs and the 10% left will be covered by Kentucky. This means the project was funded at a 90% cost share.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments and some types of private nonprofit organizations, including places of worship.

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