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Lee County Asks White House For More FEMA Help

Quincy J Walters
The letter Lee's Board of County Commissioners sent to President Donald Trump, asking for more money and more flexibility from FEMA.

It’s been over a month since Hurricane Irma hit Florida, and Lee County leaders have now decided to send a letter to the White House, asking that FEMA offer more support.

Lee County’s Board of County Commissioners sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson this week.

The commissioners said the county needs more money and more flexibility from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

Lee County is asking FEMA to extend the period for debris collection as well as the amount of money the county is reimbursed for picking up storm debris. Commissioners are asking for 90-percent reimbursement instead of the 75 percent the county currently gets.

The letter goes on to ask for additional funding for Flood Mitigation Assistance, which would grant money for long-term solutions to prevent flooding.

The county also wants the agency to respond more quickly to the questions they may have.

Commissioners write that they “desperately need more timely answers from FEMA that can be relied upon to make multi-million dollar decisions.”

Below is the letter sent to President Donald Trump:

Quincy Walters is a reporter and backup host for WGCU.
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