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City sends Harvey claim to FEMA

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City leaders tallied the damage to public buildings affected by Hurricane Harvey, and submitted the list to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The total; a little less than $44 million in damage to 90 city facilities.

“Our damage was very real and very prevalent,” said city council member Debbie Lindsey-Opal.

The list featured 11 claims of $1 million dollars or more.

Included were $5 million each for City Hall, the Science and History Museum, and Packery Channel; plus $2 million each for the Fire Administration Building and the Marina; and six more claims for $1 million, including terminal damage at Corpus Christi International Airport.

But a high price tag doesn't mean high priority.

“The list does not really have a priority,” said Lindsey-Opal.  “The list is what's the damage, how much, what's it going to take to fix it?”

The city, like its residents, now waits for FEMA.  The agency has to weigh Corpus Christi's claims against other cities affected by Harvey as well other disasters.

“FEMA has a big challenge, and their pie is going to be pretty stressed with all the emergencies we've had,” said Lindsey-Opal.  “We feel very strongly about the item's we've submitted, we know they're valid and we think FEMA is going to see that for us as well.”

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