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FEMA Awards $33 Million To Communities Recovering From Hurricane Michael

Carol Ralph walks through downed trees blocking her heavily damaged neighborhood just after Hurricane Michael passed through Panama City, Fla., on Wednesday.
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Carol Ralph walks through downed trees blocking her heavily damaged neighborhood just after Hurricane Michael passed through Panama City, Fla., on Wednesday.

FEMA has awarded an additional $33 million in public assistance grants for Hurricane Michael cleanup and repairs in Bay, Washington and Leon Counties.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Michael, FEMA has sent almost $1.2 billion to the state to reimburse local governments, state agencies and nonprofits for repair work and recovery.

That amount is expected to grow as communities rebuild.

In the latest round of grants, Washington County will get more than $16 million for ditch cleaning and repairs to storm-damaged roads.

Bay County will receive $3.5 million to rebuild baseball and soccer fields at the H.G. Harder's Park in Panama City.

Tallahassee is getting roughly $5 million for debris removal throughout the city.

The Florida Department of Transportation will receive roughly $7.5 million for hurricane debris cleanup throughout rural Washington County.

Valerie Crowder hosts and produces state and local newscasts during All Things Considered. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.