FEMA announces daily spending figures on natural disaster relief

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A top FEMA official said on Tuesday that the federal government is spending an estimated $200 million a day on natural disaster relief, with the agency still in full gear helping affected areas to deal with the fallout from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the devastating wildfires that have ravaged Northern California.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long told senators that the agency still has “numbers coming in” about the costs associated with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as the wildfires in western states.

Asked whether the Trump administration would request more emergency funding for the disasters, Long implied that was likely.

“I don’t think we have a good handle on the total cost of this, but you can rest assured my guys will be in touch with your staff members to make sure we don’t fumble the ball when it comes to disaster recovery, and we’ll do our best to take care of taxpayer dollars,” Long said at a Senate Homeland Security Committee meeting Tuesday.

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