Florida Disaster Declaration Approved
In September, the President declared a major disaster in the State of Florida and, as a result, ordered that federal aid supplement the recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sally at the state, local, and tribal levels. This is good news for those affected and who continue to struggle with the damaging effects of the serious storms they’ve weathered in recent years. If your home or other property was damaged by Hurricane Sally (or any other storm), don’t wait to consult with an experienced Panama City insurance claim liability attorney today.
The basics involved in this Declaration include:
- Federal funding is being made available on a cost-sharing basis for state governments, tribal governments, eligible local governments, and some private nonprofits for ongoing emergency work and for the repair or replacement of those facilities in Escambia County that were damaged by Hurricane Sally.
- Federal funding is also being made available on a cost-sharing basis for state governments, tribal governments, eligible local governments, and some private nonprofits in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington counties for emergency protective measures.
- Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis statewide for hazard-mitigation measures.
These federal recovery operations in the affected area of the state are being headed by Jeffrey L. Coleman, who was named the Federal Coordinating Officer by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The federal government is continuing to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sally in the state and may augment the assistance it’s providing, which will be determined upon assessment completion. According to CNN Weather, Hurricane Sally wrought all of the following:
- The storm poured up to 30 inches of rain in four hours (which translates to four months’ worth of rain in four hours) from Florida’s Panhandle to Mobile Bay, Alabama.
- The storm unleashed what the National Hurricane Center has called historic and catastrophic flooding.
- In Escambia County, at least 377 rescues were made throughout the flooded neighborhoods.
- The storm caused a barge to take out a section of the newly erected Pensacola Bay Bridge (known as the Three Mile Bridge).
- More than 300,000 residents in Florida and Alabama lost power as a result of the storm.
Florida certainly sees its share of damaging hurricanes and other storms, and Sally is yet another example of exactly how devastating they can be.
You Need an Experienced Panama City Insurance Claim Liability Lawyer in Your Corner
If your home or other property has been damaged by Hurricane Sally, you need the compensation to which you are entitled to help you begin on the path toward recovery. The dedicated legal team at Ged Lawyers, LLP – proudly serving the Panama City area – understands the challenges you face and is committed to bringing our experience with insurance claim liability cases in defense of your rights and in support of a favorable claim resolution. Your claim is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 850-684-4000 for more information today.