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Source: US Federal Emergency Management Agency

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $4,276,104 for the State of Florida to help central Florida communities defray the costs of cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

The grants consist of:

  •  $1,205,686 to reimburse Indian River county for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris throughout the county between Sept. 18 and Oct. 17, 2017 following the September 2017 storm. During that time period, county workers and contractors gathered and hauled away 255,598 cubic yards of vegetative debris from roads and public and private property for landfill disposal.
  •  $1,178,218 to reimburse the City of West Palm Beach for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris throughout the city between Sept. 18 and Oct. 17, 2017. During that time period, city workers and contractors gathered and hauled away 66,615 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 1,359 cubic yards of construction/demolition debris from roads and public property for landfill disposal. They also removed 1,975 hanging tree limbs that were determined to pose a threat to public health and safety.
  •  $1,892,200 to reimburse the Village of Wellington for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris throughout the village between Sept. 18 and Oct. 17, 2017. During that time period, village workers and contractors gathered and hauled away 168,602 cubic yards of vegetative debris for landfill disposal. This included damaged tree limbs and stumps that were determined to pose a threat to public health and safety from roads and public property.

Funding for this Public Assistance (PA) project is authorized under Sections 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act for Florida to cover Hurricane Irma-related expenses, reimbursing eligible applicants for the cost of debris removal; life-saving emergency protective measures; and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities like buildings, roads and utilities.

FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop project worksheets and scopes of work. Following approvals by FEMA and FDEM, FEMA obligates funding for the project.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the non-federal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with the sub-recipients like local and county governments

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