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Florida officials demand Congress pass disaster relief for communities impacted by Michael

People still living in tents and under tarps
Posted at 5:16 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 17:16:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — We are approaching 200 days since Hurricane Michael hit Florida and state leaders say Congress has done nothing to help communities recover.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis sent letters to Congressional leaders.

He said it's time to put politics aside and act now to give communities the money they need to rebuild.

Michael made landfall six months ago, and there are still people in the Panhandle living in tents and under tarps.

Thursday, state leaders and local delegates, Democrats and Republicans, came together to demand immediate action.

State senator Bill Montford said it's "un-American" for North Floridians to suffer for as long as they have.

"It is unacceptable, morally wrong, and just flat out almost corrupt, the fact that we can't get Washington to do their job," said Montford. "This is not a sole state responsibility. It is a federal responsibility. They need to get up and do their job."

There is some good news to share.

Governor DeSantis announced the state was given an extra $5 million in federal funding to give temporary jobs to people struggling to find work because of the hurricane.