KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/AP) — The cleanup and re-opening of the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma cost Monroe County nearly $100 million. Now they’re looking for the federal government to reimburse them for some of those expenses.READ MORE: Teen Seriously Hurt in Major Car Crash in Lauderhill
Monroe County officials traveled to Washington DC last week to meet with FEMA officials. The county has submitted about $16 million in expenses for reimbursement. So far, FEMA has approved about $3.9 million. Now the county is waiting for the state’s Department of Emergency Management to sign off.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
The County has estimated a preliminary cost of $93.3 million for Hurricane Irma-related expenses. The figure does not include the airports or mitigation.
The Keys sustained the heaviest damage from Irma after it struck as a Category 4, leaving parts of the island chain without power and water.MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 3,231 New Cases, 33 Additional Deaths Reported Sunday
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