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FEMA still focused on responding to Harvey as Irma looms

FEMA still focused on responding to Harvey as Irma looms
Posted at 7:49 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 19:49:07-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ramping up preparations for Hurricane Irma as it barrels toward the Florida coast, even as the agency continues the massive recovery effort in storm-battered Texas.

   
The one-two punch of powerful storms is certain to strain the agency's quickly dwindling coffers.
   
The roughly $1 billion left in FEMA's Emergency Response Fund is expected to run out as soon as the end of the week, just as Category 5 Irma could be pounding Florida and less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey caused massive flooding in Houston.
   
The House has overwhelmingly passed $7.9 billion in Harvey disaster relief. The 419-3 vote sent the aid package to the Senate in hopes of getting the bill to the president before FEMA runs out of money.

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