The state is planning to spend about $55 million preparing for Hurricane Florence, said Del. Chris Jones, the House Appropriations Committee chairman.
Jones, a Republican from Suffolk, dropped the figure Tuesday as an aside during a meeting of the House’s school safety committee, citing a conversation earlier today with Secretary of Finance Aubrey Lane.
“I was on the phone this morning with the secretary of finance,” he said. “He was going to probably spend about $50, $60 million dollars just on preparations for the hurricane, open up three emergency shelters down in Hampton Roads because you have mandatory evacuations.”
A spokeswoman for Gov. Ralph Northam did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
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