Northwest Florida communities get $111 million for infrastructure following Hurricane Michael

Published: May. 6, 2021 at 11:35 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - More than $111 million is coming to the panhandle for Hurricane Michael relief from the state of Florida.

Governor Ron DeSantis made a stop Thursday morning in Panama City Beach to make the announcement. He said 22 communities in our area will be awarded the money through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program. The program is designed to provide funding for local governments to rebuild and harden infrastructure to prevent or reduce losses from future disasters.

“Hurricane Michael caused catastrophic damage to Northwest Florida and we remain 100 percent committed to helping these communities rebuild and recover stronger than before,” said Governor DeSantis. “This Rebuild Florida funding will provide local governments with critical resources to harden their infrastructure and ensure that these communities are as prepared as possible for future disasters.”

The money is allocated to the state through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urvan Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.

The money breaks down like this:

  • Bay County ($1,324,601) – to fill and replace an existing stormwater drainage culvert.
  • City of Apalachicola ($3,862,869) – to rehabilitate damaged stormwater infrastructure.
  • City of Callaway ($2,883,000) - to rehabilitate existing wastewater infrastructure to address increased inflow and infiltration caused by Hurricane Michael deforestation.
  • City of Chipley ($2,916,119) – to improve stormwater drainage system around the city.
  • City of Cottondale ($4,347,351) – to expand the capacity of the Caney Stormwater Pond.
  • City of Lynn Haven ($5,250,000) – to rehabilitate water, sewer, and stormwater lines along West 10th Street, as well as repave roads in the impacted area.
  • City of Marianna ($11,181,000) – to conduct a citywide wastewater transmission system restoration and repair project focusing on inflow and infiltration.
  • City of Mexico Beach ($5,025,000) – to dredge sand from the Gulf of Mexico and re-nourish the beachfront.
  • City of Panama City ($18,986,552) – to replace damaged sanitary sewer lines, damaged stormwater lines, and damaged water lines.
  • City of Panama City Beach ($21,330,720) – to combine outfall pipes and redirect them from the beachfront out into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • City of Parker ($763,454) – to install and replace manholes, lift stations and other stormwater infrastructure.
  • City of Port St. Joe ($9,799,572) – to complete repairs to sanitary sewer collection pipelines, repair manholes, and service laterals.
  • City of Springfield ($3,132,798) – to clear and build a retention pond on a portion of city land.
  • City of Wewahitchka ($884,085) – to repair or replace water lines damaged by Hurricane Michael.
  • Gadsden County ($2,500,000) – to replace the main emergency medical services facility in Quincy damaged by Hurricane Michael.
  • Gulf County ($7,012,869) – to lower reliance on coastal water by upgrading water system transmission lines, constructing a booster station, and other improvements.
  • Jackson County ($1,379,372) – to replace the roof of Jackson County Correctional Facility that has significant water damage.
  • Town of Esto ($826,000) – to revamp culverts and spillways and repave roads to alleviate flooding.
  • Town of Malone ($2,037,335) – to rehabilitate the town volunteer fire station.
  • Town of Noma ($752,705) – to rehabilitate lift stations, the wastewater treatment plant, and sewer-line.
  • Town of Sneads ($4,945,146) – to construct new drainage piping, new roadside ditches, a stormwater management facility, and other stormwater improvements.
  • Wakulla County ($375,597) – to move control panels for three lift stations up to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mandated height of 21 feet along with a six-foot chain-link fence.

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