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Federal Assistance Requested for Additional Panhandle Counties

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A request was made on Wednesday, June 11, seeking federal Public Assistance for Bay, Calhoun, Dixie, Holmes, Jackson, Suwannee, and Washington counties. This Public Assistance, if approved, will aid in repairing damage to public infrastructure resulting from the recent flooding in the Florida Panhandle.

Public assistance was previously designated on May 14, for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties

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 on May 6, for Okaloosa and Walton counties on May 12, and for Jackson County on May 21. Individual assistance was requested for Gilchrist and Taylor counties on June 6, and is pending approval. 

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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