A bipartisan coalition of Florida Members of Congress sent a letter yesterday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, requesting that FEMA expeditiously approve reimbursement for removal of debris left in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The letter was organized by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and signed by Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Dennis Ross (R-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Daniel Webster (R-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Ted Yoho (R-FL).
The letter encouraged FEMA to cooperate with Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL), the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), and Florida county officials to help the state recover from Hurricane Irma, noting that some counties were still awaiting reimbursement from debris removal caused by Hurricane Matthew last year.
“Communities that are entitled to reimbursement from FEMA for storm-related expenses should not have to wait forever and a day to receive their reimbursements,” said DeSantis. “Last year, Hurricane Matthew had significant impacts that triggered eligibility for reimbursement for debris removal, but this has been a complicated process that has strained local resources and many communities are still awaiting payment. We can’t allow bureaucratic red tape to hinder assistance for Irma-affected communities.”
Read the letter here.
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