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Panama City will get $20 million to fix hurricane-damaged stormwater, sewer and water lines

Panama City, FL

Panama City is getting $20 million to repair and replace nearly eight miles of hurricane-damaged stormwater, water and sewer lines.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the funding on Thursday during a stop in Bay County.

“People understand that Hurricane Michael was devastating to the area. But a lot of people don’t know that even today the city has employees working around the clock to maintain lift stations and keep manholes clear," DeSantis said. "During storms that bring heavy rain, the city has evacuated residents from homes in the area because the stormwater systems are not fully functioning."

The city frequently issues boil water notices to residents.

The grant comes from the Department of Economic Opportunity's Rebuild Florida program.

DeSantis says the department has awarded $3.5 billion to help fund recovery for Hurricanes Michael and Irma since he took office.

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.