Over the past decade, the Federal Emergency Management Administration has paid tens of billions of dollars to local governments and nonprofit groups. But rather than assuming FEMA reimbursements are a sure thing, data compiled by the Associated Press shows Texas governments and nonprofits should expect FEMA to deny a small percentage of reimbursement requests.

From August 1998, when Tropical Storm Charley struck Texas, to August of this year, when Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Coast, FEMA reimbursed Texas agencies to the tune of $4.5 billion. That total includes reimbursements for emergencies other than tropical storms and hurricanes, such as the fertilizer plant explosion that rocked the city of West in 2013.

Sam Liebl is a reporter at The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0151.

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