Trump to see Irma damage, recovery firsthand in Florida

Faith Castro
September 14, 2017

President Donald Trump is praising the recovery efforts in Florida before departing for the state to survey hurricane damage from Irma.

The White House did not specify which area of the state the President would tour during his stop, but sources told CNN he would travel to the Fort Myers area, on Florida's gulf coast.

This month Trump pledged to give $1 million of his own money to charities helping regions affected by Hurricane Harvey, splitting the gift among a dozen nonprofits, according to the White House. After record flooding from Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas earlier this month, Trump made two visits - first to Corpus Christi and Austin on August 29 and later to Houston on September 2. He saw little damage and offered few expressions of concern. In recent weeks, he's traveled to Texas and Louisiana to meet with victims and first responders after Hurricane Harvey. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

Trump to see Irma damage, recovery firsthand in Florida

The president monitored the storm over the weekend from Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

Almost half of Florida was engulfed by Irma, which left flooded streets, damaged homes and displaced residents in its wake.

In the Naples and Fort Myers area, Trump is expected to receive updates on recovery efforts from state and local authorities as well as view damage caused by the monster storm. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 per cent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely. That's 25.6 per cent of all customers in the state.

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