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12 Setiembre 2017, 10:49 | Crisanna Felipe
Stadium grounds will be used as an operation base for the next several days.
There's no way Southwest Florida will escape extensive property damage from Hurricane Irma. But that number looks set to rise - and could reach as high as 26 million, the agency said.
"They were burning through that amount just doing that with Harvey. So this kind of costly cleanup and tending to the storm in the aftermath, that's going to go on for months", he said.
"The northeast coast, the coast of Georgia and southern coast of SC, are some of the most vulnerable storm surge areas on the entire East Coast because the continental shelf is so shallow", Long continued. Mnuchin is a former Democratic donor and Mulvaney opposed debt ceiling hikes without budget cuts when he was a congressman. As per the present policy from FEMA, houses of worship does not come in disaster relief grants. It was expected to be fully drained by this weekend.
The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, almost doubling President Donald Trump's emergency request for $7.9 billion.
The head of FEMA, Brock Long, said he'll keep "pushing forward" no matter what happens in Congress.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma roared toward the state after lashing Cuba, killing 21 people in the eastern Caribbean and leaving catastrophic destruction in its wake.
The website isn't a new initiative for FEMA.
There can be larger bills that provide money for disasters outside of the relief fund.
Many tourists are stranded with no seats left on flights back to their countries as flights to and from airports in Florida are being suspended. US President Donald Trump indicated recently that he supports religious institutions receiving monetary aid from the federal government after a natural disaster.
"If you look at the size of this storm, it's huge", Florida Governor Rick Scott said yesterday (NZT).
McCaul said had hope that the funding issue would not get political.
That would be a "crazy situation", he said. "We are not going to be there right after storm passes". Hi-Way Tabernacle, in particular, "is now in use as a shelter for dozens of evacuees, a warehouse for disaster relief supplies, a distribution center for thousands of emergency meals, and a base to provide medical services" and would otherwise qualify for funds if they weren't a church.
The lack of money could force the agency to essentially start operating on IOUs if Congress doesn't act in time.
"State and local governments would not be able to receive any reimbursement expenses, which puts everybody into a serious bind".
The US Consulate General in Curacao said it believes an estimated 6000 Americans are stranded on the island. FEMA was running out of money last Friday. He expects another relief bill will be needed soon, with more to follow.
"Our staffing levels are coming up", Long said. On Twitter Friday, Trump wrote, "Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen".
Experts have noted it wasn't even peak hurricane season yet when this year's relief fund got close to being empty. This makes it a strong Category 4 hurricane, just shy of Category 5 status.
President Donald Trump urged caution and cooperation in a tweet Saturday evening.
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