ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved a grant of $8,346,330 for the State of Florida to help Miami-Dade County defray the cost of repairs after Hurricane Irma in 2017.

FEMA Public Assistance program funds will reimburse the county for the repair and replacement of more than 16,000 streetlights, traffic signs and signals throughout the county.

The program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations, including some houses of worship, so communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the nonfederal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with subrecipients such as local and county governments.

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