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FEMA reimbursing Fort Myers more than $3 million for hurricane preps

Posted: 7:52 AM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 07:52:37-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The City of Fort Myers is getting a big reimbursement from FEMA for the preparations the city did to get ready for Hurricane Irma.

FEMA will be sending the city $3,193,581.

FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the cost of overtime worked by police, firefighters, and other city employees to open and staff an emergency operations center, assist with the evacuation of residents, conduct search and rescue, clear debris from roadways, make emergency repairs to damaged city property, and maintain generators in addition to their regular duties.

The hurricane made landfall in Southwest Florida in September of 2017, and caused cities like Fort Myers to spend big bucks to prepare for worst-case scenarios ahead of the storm.

In addition to the money for Fort Myers, the following communities also received FEMA money:

  • $4.4 million to the city of Tampa for emergency protective measures.
  • $2.4 million to Nassau County for debris removal.
  • $1.8 million to the city of Coral Springs for emergency protective measures.
  • $3.1 million to Lake County for debris removal.
  • $1.2 million to the city of Tallahassee for electrical distribution repairs.
  • $1.2 million to Marion County for emergency protective measures.

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