Florida Awards Almost $100 Million in Irma Recovery Grants
Hurricane Irma hit Florida back in September 2017, but its effects are still being felt today. Many Florida communities are continuing to rebuild their infrastructure after the damage caused by the deadly storm. Now, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the award of almost $100 million in total to 24 communities throughout the affected area to help them in their rebuilding process.
The Federal Government Has Given Money for Storm Recovery
The money comes from the federal government, and it is part of a grants program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The federal agency has a community development block grant development program to help communities recovering from natural disasters. This money has helped Florida as it tried to rebuild from Hurricanes Irma and Michael.
While HUD provides the funding, the program is administered by the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program. The state government receives the funding applications from local communities and reviews them before selecting areas to receive awards. The program has already allocated $85 million from the first round of funding, and this was an award from the second round. It is known yet whether there will be a third round of funding in the grant program. As you can see, there is still significant work to be done as dozens of communities are still lining up to try to qualify for these funds.
The Money Funded Numerous Cleanup and Capacity Projects
This Hurricane Irma recovery funding can go to any community within the zone that was hardest hit by the storm. Essentially, this is the entire non-Panhandle region of Florida. Here, the programs that were funded were a mix of cleaning up from the effects of Irma and other projects to strengthen infrastructure ahead of future storms. Numerous municipalities filed applications for state government consideration.
Years after Irma, there is still a considerable amount of work to be done. Many of the problems from this historic storm resulted from catastrophic flooding. Here are some examples of projects that were funded by the recent round of grants:
- Increasing and improving drainage capacity
- Improving wastewater collection systems
- Installing emergency generator capacity
- Clearing debris and sediment
Many homeowners are also still recovering from the momentous storm years later. Families are negotiating insurance claims as they seek to recover and rebuild from the storm. In the meantime, insurance companies are not making it easy for these families as they seek to pay out minimal amounts for significant damage. The number of lawsuits against insurance companies has skyrocketed as families often do not feel that they have received an appropriate payment.
Contact a Florida Disaster Recovery Attorney
If your family is struggling with the insurance companies and their failure to pay you what you deserve as you try to rebuild, you may be able to file a lawsuit. Call Ged Lawyers LLP at (561) 995-1966 or contact us online to learn more about your legal rights in the wake of the storm.