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Rep. Michael Cloud and Victoria ISD Announce $1 Million in FEMA Reimbursements

Congressman Michael Cloud and Victoria ISD announced today that the district has received over a million dollars in reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cover damage due to Hurricane Harvey. The $1,033,790 in recovery funding had previously been approved by FEMA – but never delivered.

Rep. Cloud, who was sworn into office July 10, met with VISD Superintendent Dr. Quintin Shepherd, Board President Tami Keeling, and Vice President Kevin VanHook in July to determine the district’s biggest projects; then he pressed FEMA to deliver the funds. Over the course of several discussions with FEMA administrators, Rep. Cloud and VISD leadership persuaded the agency to release the largest of the delayed reimbursements. 

“I am grateful to Representative Cloud for his efforts on behalf of our students, our staff and our VISD community,” said VISD Superintendent Dr. Quintin Shepherd. “Further, we applaud his willingness to take this on and to be a true partner with the District as we recover from this disaster.”

With this latest FEMA reimbursement, insurance and FEMA payments to VISD now total $3,566,140 for Hurricane Harvey recovery, 55.6% of total hurricane damage costs to the District.

“Dr. Shepherd and the Board of Trustees have been working tirelessly to make sure our students have what they need, and I’m excited to see this grant come through for our students and for the whole community,” said Rep. Cloud.

Since being sworn into office, Rep. Cloud has made hurricane recovery a priority, working to secure assistance for cities, schools, businesses, and families throughout the district.