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$37M In HUD Disaster Aid On Its Way To Moore

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HUD officials announced the Community Development Block Grant Friday. The money is to be used for long term disaster recovery efforts. HUD officials announced the Community Development Block Grant Friday. The money is to be used for long term disaster recovery efforts.
MOORE, Oklahoma -

Another $37 million in Federal Disaster Aid is on its way to Moore and the State of Oklahoma. 

HUD officials announced the Community Development Block Grant Friday. The money is to be used for long term disaster recovery efforts. One of the first stops Friday, as Gov. Fallin showed HUD officials around Moore was Tiffany Trusdale's house. It's about a week away from being done.

"You just build up and go again," said her dad Chuck, who was at the construction site Friday helping with final touches. "It's going real fast. He's been working 45 days and you see what we've got so far."

Progress has been quick across Moore. It's unprecedented according to HUD's Regional Administrator Tammye H. Trevino.

"So much has been accomplished in the first 90 days and you don't usually see that in the rest of the country when you see disasters of this magnitude," said Trevino.  

But the HUD Money will be used to fill in the gaps: in housing, business and infrastructure needs not addressed by FEMA, insurance and other private and public assistance. Trevino says the grant comes without the usual government red tape.

"It will allow you to choose for yourself what you think is best for the community not what we at HUD think is best for you," said Trevino.

The City of Moore will receive $26.3 million. The state of Oklahoma will get the remaining $10.6 million.

"We're going to use this money to develop this town and redevelop it," said Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis.

Those like Chuck, say they have no doubt Moore will be back and better than ever. His daughter's home is proof they are well on their way.

"I expect them all to come back. I don't know how many are in this Plaza Towers addition, maybe 100 or so.  We're getting there, we're getting there."

The Mayor says they will have a series of community meetings to determine how to spend the money.

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