The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nearly $3.4 million to help defray the costs of repairing damage to the City of Ocala’s electric power system caused by Hurricane Irma.

The money will be used to reimburse the city for repairs conducted after the vicious storm roared through Central Florida in September 2017. City and contract workers removed and replaced 48 wooden and concrete power poles; 19,261 feet of electrical transmission line; and 121 power transformers throughout the city.

FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) works with FEMA during all phases of the program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.