Towns & Cities Won't Receive FEMA Funds For Hurricane Repairs

POSTED: Monday, June 1, 2009 - 4:56pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

Although the elected officials hoped to be ready for this hurricane season, they learned a few days ago, the recovery phase may take much longer than expected.

“We were one of the cities that were the worst, underwater the longest and Santa Rosa didn't get anything. Zero funding.”

The Cameron County Judge agrees with Santa Rosa’s Mayor. That town was in fact one of the parts most affected by the storm, but it is what the town's officials did not do that affected the process.

“Every city was responsible for submitting those damage assessment reports to FEMA for reason Santa Rosa didn't.”

According to county documents, Santa Rosa, along with Rangerville, Los Indios and Bayview did not submit hurricane damage reports. And by not doing so, Judge Cascos says they were left out from getting any type of funding.

“I share the frustration. I wish we would’ve been made whole but that just didn't happen. We have to deal with the money that we have and spread it out as best as we can.”

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