Approved Action Plan for Counties Impacted by Hurricane Michael
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently approved the State of Florida’s recovery plan – with a price tag of more than $735 million – to help those counties that were hardest hit by Hurricane Michael. Officials at both the city and county level are eager to use the funds to continue on the long and arduous path toward rebuilding and breathing new life into their still struggling communities. If your home or property was damaged in Hurricane Michael – or in any other serious storm – consult with a Panama City insurance claim liability lawyer today.
Local officials share that the funds are a component of the 2019 congressionally approved Disaster Recovery Relief Package and that they are earmarked for a long-term recovery plan that’s already begun. The plan includes recovery projects that are aimed at improving infrastructure, transportation, and other important basic components of those communities that continue to grapple with the storm’s fallout. These communities are gearing up to help ensure that their individualized projects are prioritized and submittable as soon as the recovery plan’s portal application process opens up.
Panama City Weighs In
Community participation and feedback played an important role in the long-term plans. Mark McQueen, Panama City’s City Manager, shares that the funds will go toward their local housing assistance plan. This plan is geared toward assisting local victims of the storm with the rental and purchase of homes – along with other projects. While the housing initiative is already underway, the HUD-approved funds will augment the city’s efforts and should allow them to help far more citizens throughout the county with their housing needs. Once the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity approves the spending plan, Panama City will apply for the funding, which McQueen expects to help invigorate its economy.
Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as an unprecedented Category 5 hurricane on October 10, 2018, and the region is still reeling – as evidenced by the continuing need for housing assistance. According to the National Weather Service, Michael is the strongest hurricane on record to ever strike the Florida Panhandle, and all of the following apply:
- It produced maximum winds of 161 miles per hour.
- One of the areas that was hardest hit is from Mexico Beach to Indian Pass.
- This area saw a peak storm surge of 9 to 14 feet.
- The wave action produced caused the water values to rise even higher and caused the second floors of multiple buildings to be destroyed.
An Experienced Panama City Insurance Claim Liability Lawyer Can Help
If your home or property was damaged by Hurricane Michael, seek the help you need by reaching out to the insurance claim liability lawyers at Ged Lawyers, LLP, in the Panama City area. Our legal team has the experience, resources, and proven skill to help you recover on your losses and move forward with your life. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 850-684-4000 for more information today.