City to get $17.5 million from FEMA
On Apr. 15, the City of Wilmington received notification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that it has approved $17.5 million in reimbursements for debris removal from Hurricane Florence.
This is the first reimbursement from federal and state funding for expenses the city incurred following the September 2018 hurricane. The city’s expenses for cleanup and repairs totals almost $32 million to date; $22 million of that is for debris pick from Hurricane Florence.
The city expects to receive the reimbursement before June 30, which is the end of the city’s fiscal year. The funds will be put back into the city’s savings account, which the city maintains for emergencies such as Hurricane Florence. The city expects to be reimbursed for much of the remaining costs from federal and state funding over the next one to two years.
“The city greatly appreciates this reimbursement for debris pickup from Hurricane Florence. With almost 1.4 million cubic yards of debris picked up, this storm was one of the most damaging in our history. We are still working to pick up the pieces from this storm and we will continue to work with our partner agencies to help our community recover,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.