FEMA awards Florida DOT $1.1M for Hurricane Irma maintenance costs

Aug. 14, 2019

FEMA's public assistance program will reimburse the agency for debris management in several counties following the events of the storm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved over $1.1 million for the state of Florida to help cover the costs of debris removal from Hurricane Irma back in September 2017.

Funding through FEMA's public assistance (PA) program will reimburse the Florida DOT (FDOT) for the collection, reduction, disposal, and site management of debris in several counties throughout the state following the events of the storm.

FEMA says during the time period between Oct. 18 and Dec. 16, 2017, FDOT led efforts to gather, haul, and dispose of 34,778 cu yd of vegetative debris and 2,268 cu yd of construction and demolition debris from public rights of way.

Funding for this 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 PA 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.



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