FEMA recently approved reimbursement of $4.6 million for Cape Coral’s Hurricane Irma debris removal expenses, according to the city of Cape Coral.
These funds will reimburse the City for a portion of the costs of collection, removal, and disposal of debris following Irma. City crews and contractors collected more than 318,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and more than 22,000 cubic yards of construction/demolition debris following the storm.
It may be several months before the City receives the approved funds. To date, the City has received about $197,000 in reimbursements. While FEMA approved a $5.6 million reimbursement earlier this month, those funds have not been received.
Lee County was also reimbursed $4,015,575 for cost of the clean up following the devastating hurricane.
FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Lake County between Dec. 17, 2017 and March 3, 2018 following the September 2017 storm.
During that time period, a contractor for the county gathered, hauled away and disposed of 245,886 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 181 cubic yards of construction/demolition debris from public rights of way and property. They also removed 133 damaged trees, 757 tree limbs, and 18 stumps that were identified as a potential threat to public safety.