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Florida DOT To Get $123M In Additional Hurricane Michael Reimbursements

Several workmen work to repair downed power lines.
Bay County Government
Road crews in Bay County worked to clear debris and restore power lines soon after Hurricane Michael made landfall in October 2018.

The Florida Department of Transportation is getting more than $100 million for Hurricane Michael cleanup costs after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the additional reimbursements Monday.

The state DOT will get $123.6 million to help recover debris removal costs in Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden and Jackson Counties. The work took place soon after the storm made landfall in October 2018 and lasted through July 2019. In that time, DOT crews removed hanging limbs and dangerous leaning trees and hauled away construction and vegetative debris.

This latest round of funding through FEMA's public assistance grant program will bring the total amount the state DOT has received to $179 million.

Valerie Crowder is a freelance journalist based in Tallahassee, Fl. She's the former ATC host/government reporter for WFSU News. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.