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Bush Grants Aid, Crist Wants More

August 25th, 2008 by flanews

Governor Charlie Crist continues to seek more federal aid to help pay for storm damage. This weekend President George Bush declared four counties in Florida major disaster areas. The declaration allows the state to claim federal dollars to fix roads, schools, and government buildings in Brevard, Monroe, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties. Crist is asking for every county in Florida to be added to the disaster declaration list. FEMA Coordinating Officer Tom Davies says there hasnt been enough time to asses all the damage.

It slows the process down a little bit if the counties have just been working 24/7. Some of them are still in response. We wait till the counties are ready to go to do the actual assessment in the recovery phase. Water is down. We can get into the facilities. We can look at the homes. If at some point we can get individual assistance add on to this particular major disaster declaration we will then send out inspectors to everyone who calls into FEMA, said Davies.

Davies says it could take months, even years to repair all the damage.

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