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Cities Are Still Waiting for 2017 Hurricane Aid While a New Season Starts

  • Local officials still trying to get reimbursed for recovery
  • Delay means less money to prepare for this year’s hurricanes
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Who Pays The Bill When Mother Nature Strikes?

Allen Owen, the mayor of Missouri City, Texas, wants to do more to protect his town from the next disaster. But the city hasn’t gotten any of the roughly $1 million in federal disaster funds he said it’s owed after Hurricane Harvey. That means less money to flood-proof the local bayou, install bigger pumps or buy and demolish homes that keep flooding.

“We’re getting into hurricane season," Owen, a Republican, said in an interview. “It’s going to happen again."