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06/14/06 - Lufkin

State Parks May Not Get Reimbursed for Hurricane Damage

by Jessica Cervantez

Texas state parks could find themselves facing $2 million in unexpected hurricane clean-up costs. State parks thought they would receive 75% reimbursement from FEMA.

But, because they don't have flood insurance, which is a requirement for FEMA reimbursement, they may have to come up with the money themselves.  They have received a small amount of about $12,000 from FEMA, and they may have to give that back, if they don't get an insurance waiver.

John Parker, who is a Texas Parks & Wildlife commissioner, said, "If we cannot get that statement from the Texas commissioner of insurance, then we're going to have to send back the $12,033.66 that FEMA sent us."

Hurricane Rita caused more than $3 million in damage to 11 Texas state parks.
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