Fall River receives overdue FEMA disaster relief money

The city hall of Fall River, known as Government Center. (Photo by Andrew Adamson, WPRI-TV)

FALL RIVER (WPRI) — Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter announced Thursday that the city has received $338,586 in relief money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The money is intended to cover damages caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Winter Storm Nemo of 2013.

“It was brought to my attention soon after taking office that a substantial amount of disaster relief money from 2012 was never received by the city,” Sutter said. “With the difficult fiscal situation we faced going into FY16, I felt that I needed to make securing those funds a top priority.”

The mayor met with United States Senator Ed Markey in Washington, D.C. on June 10 to discuss the funds, as well as the city’s SAFER grant application.

“He said he would do everything he could to remove the red tape keeping us from receiving our relief funds,” Sutter said. “I am pleased to announce that we were successful on both fronts, and Senator Markey’s advocacy and leadership was instrumental in that effort.”

FEMA still owes Fall River $144,820 for Winter Storm Nemo and $112,887 for Hurricane Sandy. The Mayor’s office is in contact with FEMA and plans to announce a timetable for receiving the remaining funds in the coming weeks.

In a statement, Senator Markey praised Sutter’s efforts in securing the money.

“I commend Mayor Sutter for his diligence in pursuing this federal relief money. I was happy to work alongside him in securing this funding and I am thrilled to see it getting to the City of Fall River.”

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