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After Hurricane Ian, federal support nears $4 billion

Water on the only road in and out of this central Florida neighborhood on Lake Harney left residents stranded after Hurricane Ian.
Amy Green, WMFE
Flooding after Hurricane Ian in the Spring Oaks neighborhood in Altamonte Springs.

FEMA says federal support is nearing $4 billion after Hurricane Ian.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the state of Florida has received $415 million, and individuals have gotten $833 million.

More than $1.5 billion has been paid toward national flood insurance claims. Some 45,000 flood insurance claims were filed.

The numbers illustrate the staggering scope of Hurricane Ian’s destruction in Florida.

The near-Category 5 hurricane in September pummeled southwest Florida with its high winds and storm surge, before its pounding rains left widespread flooding across central Florida.

State lawmakers gathered last week for a special legislative session, where they approved a plan for addressing sky-rocketing property insurance costs in the state.

Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s work has been heard on NPR and seen in PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, among many other publications. She began her career at The Associated Press in Nashville, Tenn. Amy grew up in Florida and lives in Orlando with her 7-year-old daughter.
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