FEMA reimburses Tampa for hurricane expense
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the city of Tampa $4.4 million for emergency protective measures related to Hurricane Irma. The funds will reimburse the city for the cost of overtime worked by police, firefighters, and other city employees to prepare for the storm’s arrival, assist with the evacuation of residents, clear debris from roadways, and enforce a curfew, FEMA said. Contractors also provided services during the period between Sept. 4 and Oct. 18, 2017. The reimbursement is the largest of seven awards totaling $17.5 million for communities throughout Florida, according to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's office.