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FEMA will reimburse Bay County more than $159.8 million

Senator Doug Jones and Senator Rick Scott reflect on Hurricane Michael almost a year later. (ZUMA Press)
Senator Doug Jones and Senator Rick Scott reflect on Hurricane Michael almost a year later. (ZUMA Press)(WJHG)
Published: Oct. 1, 2019 at 2:19 PM CDT
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FEMA announced they will be reimbursing Bay County more than $159.8 million.

The funds are for debris removal after Hurricane Michael.

Senator Marco Rubio gave a statement and said, “On October 10th, we mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Michael’s devastating landfall. As we approach this mournful anniversary, I am encouraged by FEMAs continued dedication to assisting in Northwest Florida’s recovery, and I remain committed to working with federal agencies to ensure the Panhandle receives continued federal resources.”

County officials announced they'll receive around $160 million to pay for debris removal expenses. Commission Chairman Phillip Griffitts said the money will be used to pay back creditors who loaned the county money to pay for the removal.

Griffitts said the reimbursement covers almost half of their debris bill.

"The interest we're having to pay on the debris hauling, on the money we borrowed, is about 7.5 million dollars a year. So anytime we can cut that payment down that's our goal. That's what we're doing first thing is to pay those debtors off," said Griffitts.

Griffitts believes they'll receive more reimbursements from FEMA in the next few weeks. He said the county will continue to work with federal and state officials to speed up the process.

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