Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment released the following statement regarding four grants totaling over $42 million to go towards the rebuilding of the U.S. Virgin Islands associated with Hurricanes Maria and Irma:
“Today, I am pleased to announce four important grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This grant is for $42,667,575.69 in federal funding to the V.I. Water and Power Authority - St. Thomas, USVI for contracted power debris removal throughout the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island as a result of Hurricane Maria.
“This important grant will benefit the Virgin Islands tremendously with our ongoing rebuilding efforts making the Virgin Islands whole again after experiencing two devastating hurricanes. The United States government and the international community has an obligation to work with the affected local governments to restore infrastructure, provide critical humanitarian assistance, and help recover and build back our islands.”