FEMA approves about $5 million in reimbursement for Hurricane Michael cleanup


    MEXICO BEACH — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to reimburse the projects totaling nearly $5 million that involve cleanup efforts following Hurricane Michael.

    According to a press release from FEMA, Mexico Beach will be reimbursed $1,775,746 for repairs to the bridge at the Salt Creek Crossing, which provides access to the city marina, and strengthening the structure to protect from future storm damage.

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will also be reimbursed $3,209,872 for debris cleanup activities in Holmes and Washington counties.

    The cleanup included collection and disposal of 114,206 cubic yards of vegetative debris, 144 stumps, 2,643 hanging limbs and 50 hazardous leaning trees that posed a threat to public health and safety, the release stated.

    These grants are funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance program, an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and reviews projects prior to FEMA final approval.

    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com



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