Only On 8: Helping Hurricane Irma's victims in the Florida Keys

Frederick Owens
September 20, 2017

Hurricane Irma uncovered a piece of history from the bottom of Florida's Indian River when a dugout canoe was brought to the surface.

The centre has pointed fingers at the utility companies and the state government, saying they called the power company to fix the air conditioning 50 times.

Officials in Monroe County opened up US 1 on Saturday all the way south to Marathon for residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply trucks.

He said that the county coroners must confirm the fatalities to the FDEM, something that Monroe has not completed because they are still engaged in a door-to-door check. "And we don't have shelters right now. How many do we open?" "DLE and DEM report the information provided by county medical examiners".

Relief may be days away.

Florida Gulf Coast University in storm-struck Fort Myers is holding graduation in December after all.

Rick Scott (R) on Saturday announced that he was directing all nursing homes in the state to purchase generators for use during power outages after eight people died at a nursing home following Hurricane Irma. The area bore the brunt of Irma, which hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm with 130 miles per hour winds on September 10, and then made a second landfall in Collier County, before moving up the state.

Recovery is only getting started, and some areas remain flooded.

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The checkpoints may be gone in most places in the Florida Keys as residents try to rebuild, refurbish and get back to regular routines.

As of noon Monday, almost 4 percent of the homes and businesses in Florida were without power. Georgia, North Carolina, and SC are large cotton states where damage would impact and an already damaged market. But the lack of power forced at least one ALF to evacuate residents, state emergency officials reported Sunday. "I'll certainly keep everyone updated on this progress, promise", he said in his Facebook post.

For cities and counties, the priority is a review of how their water and sewer systems functioned - or didn't.

Many in the Lower Keys made just that mistake with Irma, but ignoring such an order isn't always a mistake.

Progress is slowly underway in the badly damaged Florida Keys where Hurricane Irma made landfall.

Brice Barr, who owns a charter fishing boat business in Key West, said he would like to head back south. Had I been home in Key Largo, I might have seen the storm suck dry portions of Florida Bay - for one-third of my life, I have lived a few hundred yards from there.

"Walking away from a boat - that is one of my family's main source of income - is very hard to (do), especially when you secure all your property and everything else knowing that you may not see it again", Barr told the TV station this week.

Fitch said the newer companies haven't faced a major hurricane before, but because Irma's "losses will be less than previously feared, the majority are unlikely to have losses from the event that exceed catastrophe reinsurance program limits". The deaths of the nursing-home residents have spurred a criminal investigation.

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