Trump increases federal funding for Irma response in US Virgin Islands

Trump increases federal funding for Irma response in US Virgin Islands
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President Trump is making additional disaster assistance available to the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma, the White House said early Sunday.

The White House press office said that Trump on Saturday authorized an increase in the level of federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

“Under the President’s major disaster declaration issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands on September 7, 2017, Federal funding was made available for Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, and Other Needs Assistance at 75 percent Federal funding of total eligible costs,” the office said in a statement.

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“President Trump increased cost sharing to 90 percent Federal funding for debris removal, including direct Federal assistance, and 100 percent Federal funding for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for 30 days from the start of the incident period, and then a 90 percent Federal cost share thereafter.”

Irma battered the Caribbean islands as it moved toward Florida, where it made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Sunday morning.

At least 20 people were killed in the Caribbean.