FEMA Approves $48.8 Million For Hurricane Michael Debris Removal
People in Florida and other states have constant reminders of the devastation brought by Hurricane Michael, and the debris removal required is only one important component of the ongoing recovery process. This debris removal, however, recently got a boost from the federal government in the form of millions of dollars, and it did not come a moment too soon. If your life, your home, or your property has been upended by a natural disaster, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Panama City insurance claims attorney on your side.
Recently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved more than $48 million in funding for ongoing debris removal related to Hurricane Michael. This funding will include reimbursement for the clean-up of the following:
- Up to 1,190,800 cubic yards of vegetative debris
- 1,105,132 cubic yards of demolition and construction debris
In addition to the nearly 10,000 hanging limbs and leaning trees that posed health and safety threats and that were already removed, these efforts amount to a highly significant debris removal campaign. Further, FEMA shares that $26.3 million in Hurricane Michael costs have already been expended, which brings the total in disaster relief to $75.1 million.
Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle in October of 2018, but it was not until 2019 that it was classified by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA’s) National Hurricane Center as a Category 5 storm with an intensity of 160 miles an hour. The last hurricane to reach this intensity at landfall was Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and Michael is one of just four storms of such magnitude to ever strike the mainland of the United States. The other two to hit our shores include the Labor Day Hurricane in 1935 and Hurricane Camille in 1969. In other words, Hurricane Michael was one for the record books.
In its wake, Michael left 16 people dead (more were killed by secondary causes related to the hurricane, like drownings caused by the storm surge and lethal injuries caused by falling trees) and $65 billion in damages. In Mexico Beach, over 75 percent of the homes were destroyed by the hurricane’s high winds. The areas hit hardest are still in the recovery stages.
Consult with an Experienced Panama City Insurance Claims Attorney Today
If Hurricane Michael left your home or other property seriously damaged, you need the disaster relief to which you are entitled in order to make your journey toward your most complete recovery. The Panama City insurance claims attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP have extensive experience helping clients like you successfully recover on their disaster relief insurance claims and proceed to put their lives back together post-storm. Our dedicated legal team has the fortitude, experience, and resources to help you and your family, so please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 850-684-4000 for more information today.