Obama declares Collier County and 10 other Fla. counties disaster areas

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Jordan Burnette, 18, of Marco Island, wades through the flood water going over Goodland Drive after leaving his vehicle to meet a friend in Goodland on Monday Aug. 27, 2012.

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William DeShazer/Staff Jordan Burnette, 18, of Marco Island, wades through the flood water going over Goodland Drive after leaving his vehicle to meet a friend in Goodland on Monday Aug. 27, 2012.

WASHINGTON — President Obama has declared 11 Florida counties, including Collier County, a disaster area for damage sustained during Tropical Storm Isaac.

The declaration signed Thursday makes federal funding available to state local governments.

Isaac hit Florida in late August. The Tampa Bay Times reports the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Gov. Rick Scott's request for funding in September. Iaaac hit Florida in late August.

Scott moved to appeal the decision. He said the damage was about $10 million worse than originally thought. Damage from Isaac is estimated at 36.6 million.

The Times reports it was unclear why the decision was reversed.

The following counties are now eligible for federal funding: Bay, Collier, Escambia, Franklin, Martin, Monroe, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Santa Rose counties.

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