When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico — or Hurricane Irma into Florida, or Hurricane Harvey into Texas, or wildfires ravaged California — the federal government stepped in to help with recovery. It's been quite a year.
And recovering from all those natural disasters, well, has had quite a cost.
Where does that money come from? We took a closer look at how the federal aid process works, from what triggers federal involvement, to how federal dollars are spent, to what happens when things don't go according to plan.