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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Appropriate access to federal funds will be key to recovery from Idalia

Ensuring the state has access to sufficient federal resources is imperative for a robust governmental response before, during, and after the storm.

Tropical Storm Idalia, which is expected to be a major hurricane, was predicted to make landfall on Florida’s Gulf coast.

In advance of Idalia’s arrival, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott sent a letter to President Joe Biden in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for 33 of Florida’s counties due to Tropical Storm Idalia.

The senators reminded Biden that in addition to strong winds and heavy rain, this approaching storm is expected to bring severe storm surge and flooding.  While Florida is no stranger to hurricanes, this storm approaches less than a year after Hurricane Ian brought widespread damage, and from which the state is still recovering. Ensuring that the state has access to the federal resources it needs is imperative to protecting Floridians, property, and our communities.

You can read the full text of the letter 

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