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Federal Public Assistance Approved for Four Counties

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Governor Rick Scott announced today that federal Public Assistance has been granted for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.  Public Assistance funding will aid these local governments in rebuilding infrastructure after severe storms and flooding impacted their Florida communities.

Governor Scott requested Public Assistance funding for all four counties on May 8.

“Whereas Individual Assistance benefits the survivors of a disaster who have suffered losses to personal property, Public Assistance is directed toward specified counties to repair damaged public infrastructure,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. “The State is reaching out to local governments who may be eligible for Public Assistance.  Persons seeking Individual Assistance should contact their local Disaster Recovery Center.”

Public Assistance provides grant assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures. Costs for repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly-owned facilities can also be covered under Public Assistance.

Public Assistance from the federal declaration comes in conjunction with the earlier approval of Individual Assistance for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, that was granted on May 6, and for Okaloosa and Walton counties on May 12. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the those counties can continue applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

From April 28 through May 6, a severe weather system brought torrential rains to the Northern Florida Gulf Coast. Governor Scott signed Executive Order 14-144, declaring a State of Emergency for 26 Florida Counties on April 30. Two Florida rivers, the Santa Fe and Choctawhatchee, reached major flood stage, while three additional rivers reached moderate flood stage and 14 reached minor flood stage.

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