It has been 3 years since Tropical Storm Faye flooded several areas of West Volusia County, and the money keeps on coming.
Flooding was the major problem during Faye, but thanks to federal mandates, Volusia County will end up spending nearly a million dollars on storm windows and doors at affordable housing complexes. State Rep David Santiago, of Deltona, is concerned that much money will go for doors and windows when rising waters did the damage.
"It certainly does bother me because if we have a flooding issue that's something that has the potential for damage and the potential for problems and expenses down in the future is huge."
Millions in FEMA money have been spent trying to alleviate flooding in Debary, but the Debary Villas already got the new doors and windows, and now $215,000 more is being spent to put storm hardened doors and windows in the Ridgecrest Manor Apartments. Santiago is promising to look into how this could happen.
"The problem is sometimes with federal monies is there's always a lot of strings attached with most of the federal money, in fact that's why so many state representatives are sometimes skeptical about taking federal money."
The federal mandate calls for 14 percent of any project money to be put aside for "storm hardening" for affordable housing, and the state of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity told Volusia County that spending the money this way would meet that requirement.