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After months of waiting and begging the Trump administration and Congress for relief for those impacted by Hurricane Michael, Georgia is finally getting federal aid to the tune of $39.4 million.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, along with the governors of nine other states, as well as Georgia’s two state senators have been lobbying for months to get a disaster relief measure passed.
Earlier this week the Trump administration announced that Georgia will receive $34.9 million to assist those affected by Hurricane Michael. The funding will address rebuilding and fixing infrastructure in Southwest and Middle Georgia.
“I want to thank the administration for allocating this much needed funding to areas impacted by the storm,” said Senator Dean Burke, a republican from Bainbridge. “Although the storm hit last October, there is still a lot more work that needs to be done to repair the severe damage that was caused to numerous counties in our state. While this funding is greatly appreciated, I want to encourage our friends in Washington to continue fighting so that our farmers can also receive necessary aid. I look forward to working with our senators, members of congress and the administration to bring additional aid and funding to our region. Our citizens are resilient and I am encouraged by their determination to rebuild and move on.”
The funding will be distributed from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The department has awarded nearly $1.5 billion to address damage from disasters in seven different states.