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HUD awards $58M to help Florida recover from Hermine


Date: December 23, 2016
Source: News 4 Jax


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida will be getting a $58 million boost in rebuilding housing damaged in Hurricane Hermine thanks to an allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The $58,602,000 is part of $1.8 billion awarded Friday to help Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida to recover from severe flooding in 2016.

President Obama signed a stopgap spending measure Dec. 10 that directed HUD to allocate $1.8 billion “in the most impacted and distressed areas”that experienced presidentially declared disasters in 2016, including Hurricanes Matthew and Hermine.

The disaster recovery grants are in addition to $500 million HUD allocated in October.

The recovery funds will assist the most impacted communities that experienced the most serious damage to their housing stock.

“Our team worked quickly to make sure these funds reach the communities most impacted by amajor disaster this year,” HUD Secretary Julian Castro said. “We’ll do everything we can to support the people and places still struggling to rebuild.”

HUD awarded the following disaster recovery funds based on each state’s proportional share of serious unmet housing and infrastructure needs:

  • Louisiana: $1,219,172,000
  • West Virginia: $87,280,000
  • Texas: $177,064,000
  • North Carolina: $198,553,000
  • South Carolina: $65,305,000
  • Florida: $58,602,000

To determine these disaster recovery allocations, HUD analyzes the most currently available data of the unmet costs to repair seriously damaged properties and infrastructure in the most-impacted counties.

Hermine flood insurance claims get extra time

Property owners who suffered flooding damage from Hurricane Hermine will have extra time to file claims through the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed this week to extend the deadline for filing claims to Jan. 31.

The deadline had been set for Dec. 31, but Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier asked for the extension, according to the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

Hermine, the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade, made landfall south of Tallahassee and swept across North Florida in early September.