FEMA approves money for Hurricane Florence debris removal in Duplin County

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $2.6 million to reimburse Duplin County for debris removal following Hurricane Florence.

Beginning Sept. 7, 2018, the county hired contractors to remove vegetation and other debris from public rights of way throughout the county. The approved funds cover work completed through March 22, 2019.

FEMA's Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.

FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs, and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state of North Carolina.

FEMA's share for this project is more than $1.9 million. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.