Disaster recovery in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, was signed into law Feb. 9, 2018.
Among other things, Public Law 115-123 provides $17.398 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for disaster recovery in six appropriations accounts: Investigations; Construction; Mississippi River and Tributaries; Operation and Maintenance; Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies; and Expenses.
On April 30, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced an initial set of work to be accomplished with a portion of the funding provided for disaster recovery. The initial allocation of approximately $360 million ($608 million total) of appropriations in the Operation and Maintenance account will be used to address the highest priority needs identified by the Corps at 32 projects in 12 states. Seven of these projects were identified within the Jacksonville District area of responsibility, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funding for this short-term repair work is to be used for repairs to Corps projects damaged by natural disasters and to perform emergency dredging of shoaled material deposited at Corps projects by natural disasters.
A second short-term repair work allocation was made May 21, 2018. USACE will use approximately $424 million of the $810 million provided in the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account to repair damage to 48 locally owned flood risk management projects in 11 states and one territory. Seven of these projects are within the Jacksonville District. This allocation allows the Corps to continue the repair work it has started to alleviate the impacts of past disasters on projects that are important to human safety and flood-prone property.
On July 5, 2018, Jacksonville District was allocated $3.348 billion for long term recovery investments in its area of responsibility. The funding will go towards 14 studies and 19 construction projects that will reduce risk to communities damaged by storm events.
The total Federal funding allocation for Jacksonville District efforts so far exceeds $4 billion. The Corps will update additional information as it becomes available.
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Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FCCE) short-term repairs include:
- Brevard County South Reach Beach Erosion Control Project - restoration of full project. Ongoing; $7 million
- Broward County II Beach Erosion Control Project - Pompano Beach Segment and Lauderdale by the Sea; restoration of full project. Ongoing; $29 million
- Broward County III - Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Dania and Hallandale; restoration of full project. Ongoing; $40 million
- Duval County Shore Protection Project - Jacksonville, Neptune and Atlantic; restoration of full project. Completed January 2019; $17 million
- Lee County Beach Erosion Control Project - Gasparilla; restoration of full project. Ongoing; $7.5 million
- Palm Beach Erosion Control Project -Jupiter, Ocean Ridge, Delray and North Boca; restoration of full projects. Ongoing; $76 million