Federal Funding Helps Panhandle After Flooding

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Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Emergency management officials say that federal funding will help communities in the Florida Panhandle return to normal after a major flooding.

President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Florida in response to the flooding over the July 4th holiday week. Holmes, Walton and Washington counties saw more than 12 inches of rain.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon says the federal funding will helping "communities return to normal after a disaster."

Gov. Rick Scott requested the disaster declaration. The state estimates there was $29 million worth of damage caused by the heavy rains.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program provides grant assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures. Costs for repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly-owned facilities can also be covered.

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