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President Joe Biden approves major disaster declaration for 9 Florida counties after Hurricane Ian

Move clears way for federal aid in affected counties
President Joe Biden speaks during a Democratic National Committee event at the National Education Association Headquarters, Sept. 23, 2022, in Washington.
Posted at 7:54 AM, Sep 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-29 09:43:21-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for nine Florida counties in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

The major disaster declaration was approved for Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties, the White House said Thursday.

Biden's action makes federal funding available to the affected counties for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help residents and business owners recover.

Ian made landfall in southwest Florida as a major Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic storm surge and knocking out electricity to millions of customers.

During a news conference Thursday morning in Tallahassee, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said he spoke with Biden and thanked him. However, DeSantis added that "we do expect more."

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