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Abbott delivers $136M in disaster money to Houston, Harris Co.

HOUSTON – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday delivered two checks worth a total of about $136 million to help Houston and Harris County cover the cost of Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

Abbott met with city and county leaders in Houston to determine what local governments need the most.

“One of those desperate needs is the ongoing effort to ensure they can remove debris, to clean up the city, to get the city going again,” Abbott said.

Abbott said his administration has worked hard to streamline the process of getting federal money to state and local governments to help cover the cost incurred by the disaster.

VIDEO: Abbott discusses Harvey recovery efforts

“We know that cash flow issues are so important to these cities and counties to be able to get their business done,” Abbott said.

To that end, the governor presented Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner with a check for $91.2 million. He also presented a check to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett worth $44.5 million.

Abbott said that individuals who need assistance will get their money directly from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Officials said that about 640,000 people have signed up for assistance so far, and about $2 million has been dispensed. For more information about the individual assistance programs or to sign up for assistance, go to disasterassistance.gov.

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