County leaders have just days left to request money from FEMA for damage suffered during Hurricane Irma. At the same time, counties are still waiting on money they requested from Hurricane Matthew.
Duval County asked for more than $40 million after Matthew, and has only received around $88,000.
In St. Johns County, Michael Ryan, director of communications, says they just started receiving money from FEMA for Matthew in the last couple of months.
“It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” says Ryan.
The county requested $42 million, but had to fund some projects using millions of its own money until it can get reimbursed.
“Some projects we can’t even begin to work on until FEMA authorizes the funding,” says Ryan.
Nassau County leaders say they haven’t received a dime after Matthew – a storm that caused more than $2 million in damage in the county. And in Clay, the county asked for $5.3 million, and has only received $185,000.
“Now it’s a two-tier process, because we’ve had two storms hit within about 12 months of each other,” Ryan says.
County leaders say they aren’t sure when they will be reimbursed, but are hopeful it happens before the next hurricane season.
“The community is anxious to replenish those funds. Months from now we are going to head into another hurricane season, so it’s important to us to have that funding back in our reserves,” he says.
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