SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WMBB) — The City of Springfield will be receiving $1,086,797 as reimbursement for the costs of debris removal under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
The funds will aid in the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris following Hurricane Michael. However, the immense costs Springfield has encountered far surpass the number they have been awarded to this point.
“Unfortunately we won’t see much of that money. Once it’s released that will go back into Regions Bank,” said Ralph Hammond, Springfield’s mayor. “We did a $7 million line of credit at the beginning of the hurricane.”
FEMA’s Public Assistance program is designed to provide funding for communities after a federally declared disaster or emergency.
“It took a little bit longer than the other cities, but we got more money than the other cities,” Hammond said. “The wait was worth it. Again, it’s probably going to be January before we see funds coming in, but once you’re awarded, that means the funds are coming.”
Springfield has applied for other grants and is working with other organizations to try to receive as much funding and financial assistance as possible.
The FEMA grant is only half of what Springfield could receive if all documentation is provided for the project. The project’s cost will come to a total of $2,173,594 in funding for the city.