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Additional funding awarded to Limerock Wildfire victims to help repair, replace homes

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 14:35:00-04

EASTPOINT, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Wednesday that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will be awarding an additional $2.6 million in funding to assist Floridians impacted by the Limerock Wildfire in Eastpoint. 

The additional funding will help with the repairing and rebuilding of homes in Franklin County. The funding is in addition to the 24 travel trailers that were purchased in July to help the victims of the fire. 

“My heart goes out to each one of the families affected by this devastating wildfire, and I’m proud DEO is providing $2.6 million in funding to help in their time of need," said Gov. Scott. "While we have also made strides to provide temporary housing for these families, now is the time to focus on long-term recovery efforts.” 

On June 24, the Eastpoint Wildfire damaged or destroyed more than 35 homes in Franklin County.  

“This funding is critical to make sure that everyone impacted by the Limerock Wildfire is able to rebuild and recover," said Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith. "I want to thank Governor Scott for his unwavering commitment to our community.”