BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WMBB) — On the eve of the two year anniversary of Hurricane Michael, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $100 million dollars in FEMA money is coming to the Panhandle.
Desperately needed road repairs across the area are now funded, along with a handful of projects in rebuilding Mexico Beach.
The money reimburses local governments for facilities for the emergency work and permanent repairs following Hurricane Michael.
“We’re also glad and happy to be able to say that we have just heard from FEMA today and they have approved an additional $104.9 million obligation for Hurricane Michael relief,” DeSantis said.
$75 million dollars is for repairing roads in Washington County, close to $17 million will be reimbursed to Ascension Sacred Heart in Bay County and almost $12 million will go to Mexico Beach.
“As that money is awarded and allocated to us, it’s our duty to get it back into the hands of the locals so they can rebuild stronger than ever before,” said the Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director, Dane Eagle.
FEMA had already approved $11 million to go towards rebuilding Calhoun-Liberty Hospital — but DeSantis said the facility will be getting even more funding. A Department of Economic Opportunity grant will now supply another $10 million.
“We obviously have a responsibility to help the hospital,” DeSantis said. “The community needs it and we need it back at full operation,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis said the people of the Panhandle have proven to be resilient during their recovery from Hurricane Michael. He said he is ready to get that money back in the hands of the taxpayer.