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Lee County Receives FEMA Reimbursement For Irma Recovery

Jessica Meszaros

Lee County Commissioners received the largest reimbursement of funds this week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reinburse for Hurricane Irma recovery costs.

Lee County recieved $17.7 million for debris removal related to the 2017 storm.

According to Lee County officials, 2.7 million cubic yards of debris was collected after the storm passed -  enough to fill about 820 Olympic-sized swimming pools.  The county spent $37.4 million to remove it all.

The county requested $40.4 million in expenses incurred to recover from Hurricane Irma and to date, has received a little over half of that amount.

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.
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