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Trump approves major disaster declaration for Florida
September 10, 2017 / 9:44 PM / 2 months ago

Trump approves major disaster declaration for Florida

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday approved a major disaster declaration for Florida and ordered federal aid to help the state struck by Hurricane Irma.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media about Hurricane Irma next to first lady Melania Trump on the South Lawn the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The declaration means residents and businesses can apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs. The federal government will also reimburse counties for emergency protective measures including evacuation and sheltering costs as well as for much of the costs of debris removal.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Sandra Maler

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