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FEMA, State Approve $1.6M For City's Hurricane Debris Cleanup

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Feb 7, 2020

The city of Wilmington has been approved for an additional $1.6 million in reimbursements for its Hurricane Florence debris removal.

The state and FEMA recently approved the funds, which cover the removal of more than 4,800 tons of hurricane-related vegetation and construction debris, according to a news release Friday.

FEMA’s total share for the expenses is about $1.2 million, and the state’s share is more than $400,000. The money covers debris removal completed between September 2018 and January 2019.

The recent approval brings the total to more than $22.1 million in reimbursements to the city for debris removal expenses following the September 2018 storm.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work, stated the release.

Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program and federal funds are paid directly to the state to disburse to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs, stated the release.

Most recently, the FEMA program, along with the state, approved ​$2.9 million for the village of Bald Head Island to reimburse expenses from storm-related damage to Bald Head Island beaches.

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