DeSantis Awards $3.8 Million for Northwest Florida Hurricane Michael Recovery Efforts

August 21, 2022 Updated 10:00 AM ET

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces funding to Tallahassee Community College.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announces funding to Tallahassee Community College.

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded more than $3.8 million to Bay County, Chipola College, the City of Cottondale, and the Town of Havana to help in recovery efforts affected by Hurricane Michael.

The money is provided through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program to help construct, rehabilitate, and expand critical infrastructure.

“Northwest Florida has worked hard to recover since Hurricane Michael struck nearly four years ago, but there is more work to be done to help these communities strengthen their resiliency,” DeSantis said.

“Through the Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program, communities in the Panhandle are able to harden their infrastructure and take another step toward a complete recovery.”

More than $35 million has been awarded through the match program. More than $348 million in funding has been awarded by DEO to help communities with long-term disaster recovery projects after Hurricane Michael.

“Governor DeSantis is committed to helping communities recover from Hurricane Michael and strengthen their infrastructure to withstand future storms. These efforts will keep their residents safe and drive economic development,” said DEO Secretary Dane Eagle.

Bay County (more than $2.5 million) – to pave and install drainage for 22 unpaved roads to provide safer emergency evacuation routes for more than 100,000 citizens who utilize these roads.

Chipola College (more than $1.2 million) – to harden critical infrastructure at Chipola College to serve as an emergency shelter and housing for emergency responders after a disaster.

City of Cottondale (nearly $45,000) – to install crucial generators at three critical facilities.

City of Cottondale (more than $20,000) – to install a vital generator at the city’s Sprayfield Pump Station.

Town of Havana (more than $27,000) – to install a generator for backup power to two lift stations, the fire department, and the police station.

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