WSR will get $2.07M FEMA grant to repair Yutu damage


The William S. Reyes Elementary School in Chalan Kanoa will get $2.07 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair some of the damage it sustained from Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018, according to Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP)

Sablan stated in his e-kilili newsletter over the weekend that FEMA announced on Tuesday a $2,078,589 grant for WSR that will be used to bring nine buildings, recreational facilities, covered walkways, and exterior components to pre-disaster conditions, with approved hazard mitigation measures. He said the award covers 90% of the total project cost of $2,309,541.

“FEMA has to date awarded more than $53 million to the Northern Marianas Public School System for Yutu repairs and rebuilding,” Sablan said.

Last October, the Board of Education approved the design of the new WSR auditorium/cafeteria project, which FEMA is funding for $1,798,938.

BOE said FEMA also gave $2,776,578 for WSR’s Building C, which was severely damaged due to Yutu’s fury. What reportedly remains of the existing Building C is only the concrete floor slab and foundation.

Last month, the Torres-Palacios administration announced that FEMA has approved an $88.73-million Community Disaster Loan that will settle the CNMI’s outstanding obligations associated with Yutu’s devastation in the Commonwealth.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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