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FEMA Awards Sunshine Water Control District More Than $2.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

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May 29, 2020
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ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $2,634,853 for the State of Florida to help the Sunshine Water Control District defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.


FEMA funds will be used to reimburse the Sunshine Water Control District for the removal and monitoring of debris following the September 2017 storm. As a result of this incident, there was 12,413 cubic yards of vegetative debris in and along the Sunshine Water District’s canal system which posed a threat to human health and safety. Downed trees, hanging limbs, stumps and associated debris were a considerable hazard and threatened the proper operation of the canals. Coral Springs Improvement District aided with the procurement process as both facilities share the same property.

Funding for this Public Assistance (PA) project is authorized under Sections 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act for Florida to cover Hurricane Irma-related expenses, reimbursing eligible applicants for the cost of debris removal; life-saving emergency protective measures; and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities like buildings, roads and utilities.

FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop project worksheets and scopes of work. Following approvals by FEMA and FDEM, FEMA obligates funding for the project.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the non-federal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with the sub-recipients like local and county governments.


FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Last Updated: 
May 29, 2020 - 15:23