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Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis visited rural areas of Northwest Florida and held press conferences in Washington and Holmes Counties to announce $12 million for communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. These funds cover the...
DeSantis will send $46.9 million in Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds which will be handled by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida program.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Tuesday that it has approved three projects totaling more than $13.5 million for the state of Florida to reimburse Bay District Schools, Washington County and Springfield Baptist Church in Panama City for Hurricane Michael recovery work.
FEMA approved three grants to cover seven projects.
The bulk of the funds--$75,138,973--will go to Washington County to help nine projects to repair roads.
The declaration includes public assistance for all categories in Escambia County and public assistance Category B (emergency protective measures) for Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington Counties. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) remains in close contact with FEMA to help additional counties receive the declaration for full public assistance.
More than half of the funds--$16.6 million--will go to Washington County for “permanent repairs to hurricane-damaged roadways including resurfacing, embankment washout repairs, shoulder re-works and ditch cleaning.”
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