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Cameron Co. Waiting on $1M Reimbursement for Hurricane Dolly Assistance

3 years 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, July 18 2017 Jul 18, 2017 July 18, 2017 5:22 PM July 18, 2017 in News

BROWNSVILLE – Cameron County is still waiting to be reimbursed $1 million used on repairs after Hurricane Dolly.

Resident Rosalinda Taguilas said she remembers the storm well. In 2008, the hurricane caused extensive damage to her property. She said all four homes on the property were heavily damaged.

"This area was affected because it was flooded. All of the dwellings here on this property were underwater," she said. “The water being stagnant on this whole road, it was stagnant for months. So everything inside the houses was a total loss.”

Taguilas said she only had enough money to repair three out of the four homes. She still doesn't have enough to fix the last home. 

But she isn't the only one waiting for funds after Dolly.

"We are still down to the last $1 million that we are waiting on from the state," Cameron County Administrator David Garcia told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.

Garcia said the county spent millions of dollars repairing roads and buildings and clearing debris after the hurricane. He explained the county was able to recover the bulk of the funds they were owed.

He added the state needs to complete a final audit to refund the remaining $1 million.

"These activities they want to verify, they want to make sure that everything was done in order and in line. So they go through an auditing process where they ask for information from the county payments to contractors or time sheets for workers," he said.

Garcia said part of the delay is also due to the number of storms and severe weather the state faced in other counties in the past several years.

He explained the county is expecting to receive the money by the end of the year.

Garcia added once the reimbursement is received, it will go back to the county's emergency fund.

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