Bay County recovery post-Hurricane Michael

Recovery efforts of Bay County. (ZUMA Press)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County residents, local governments, and private non-profits have received approximately $999 million in federal funds since Hurricane Michael was declared a federal disaster.

FEMA officials say that through their Individuals and Households Program, 19,730 homeowners and renters were approved for approximately $98.5 million in federal grants.

Two thousand one hundred and twenty-nine flood insurance claims have been filed and $117.2 million has been paid in claims as of September 17.

Through U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans, nearly $474.2 million has been approved for 7,772 homeowners and renters and 905 businesses.

FEMA has provided nearly $309.1 million overall to the state for local governments and private non-profits in Bay County to help with Hurricane Michael expenses.

As of September 30, 6,101 homeowners have been approved for basic housing repairs.

Thirteen thousand six hundred and seventy-two residents have not provided FEMA with all the information from their insurance to complete their disaster assistance registration and 14,873 people have been approved for rental assistance.

FEMA approved Bay County for its Direct Temporary Housing Assistance where 521 households are in temporary housing units and 203 have moved to permanent housing.

And 1,933 households have stayed in hotels through the Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program from October 2018 to April 2019.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 5,269 blue roofs in Bay County from October to November 2018.

More than $15.7 million cubic yards of debris have been removed in Bay County.

Two grants were approved on September 30 for countywide stormwater outfall system debris totaling $84.9 million and nearly $74.9 million for debris removal.

A grant was approved for Mexico Beach on October 2 for nearly $26.7 million in debris removal.

More than $5 million has been provided to 20 houses of worship and nearly $5.4 million to other nonprofit organizations.

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