HUD de­lays $16 bil­lion for storm pro­tec­tion

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - News -

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­layed the re­lease of $16 bil­lion in storm pro­tec­tion funds, prompt­ing com­plaints from of­fi­cials in Puerto Rico and Texas, who say the money is vi­tally needed to pro­tect coastal com­mu­ni­ties be­fore the next hur­ri­cane sea­son.

Congress last Fe­bru­ary au­tho­rized the $16 bil­lion in dis­as­ter mit­i­ga­tion funds, to be used for projects to safe­guard com­mu­ni­ties dam­aged by floods and hur­ri­canes in 2017. Puerto Rico was slated for $8.3 bil­lion, fol­lowed by Texas ($4 bil­lion), Louisiana ($1.2 bil­lion), the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands ($ 774 mil­lion) and Florida ($550 mil­lion).

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