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Gadsden County communities given $2.4 million to help with Michael recovery

Posted at 5:28 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 20:38:56-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — More money for Michael recovery is coming to one of the poorest parts of the state.

Governor DeSantis handed Gadsden County communities a check for $2.4 million Thursday morning.

It was in conjunction with a total of more than $20 million given to Panhandle counties, all of them impacted by the powerful hurricane, last year.

The storm damaged homes, schools, utilities, infrastructure and more. The money will help repair and reimburse some of those losses.

Local leaders thanked the governor for help.

"Every citizen in this county ought to praise the fact that he took time out of his busy schedule today to drop off just a little small check— $2 million," said Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young.

The funds are coming from a $25 million state grant program the legislature created last session.

Earlier this year, the governor announced more than a million dollars would be set aside to help Mexico Beach's fire and police departments.