Last week, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was sending $17.5 million to Central Florida for reimbursements resulting from Hurricane Irma which hit the area in 2017.
Murphy announced the funds were going to Seminole County and the city of Orlando will receive a total of $17.5 million.
“As we know, Florida is often in the path of potentially devastating storms that can cause severe damage and destruction. But our local governments can’t fully prepare for the next storm if they are not quickly reimbursed for the funds they’ve used to provide a robust and timely response,” said Murphy when she announced the FEMA funds on Thursday. “I’m proud these funds were finally released to our local community and I will continue to put pressure on federal agencies to ensure long-overdue hurricane recovery funds are promptly distributed.”
The funds come from FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Seminole County will receive almost $14.5 million while Orlando will get $3 million.
Murphy was elected to Congress in 2016 when she upset longtime U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. She sits on the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and holds leadership with the Future Forum and the moderate Democrat Blue Dog Coalition. Murphy represents all of Seminole County and parts of Orange County.