MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County has completed a Preliminary Damage Assessment of residential structures in unincorporated Monroe County due to Hurricane Irma.
The Preliminary Damage Assessment results estimate the following:
• 3,884 unaffected structures;
• 10,009 affected structures (this can include just landscaping damage);
• 2,739 minor affected structures;
• 583 majorly affected structures; and
• 675 destroyed structures
These preliminary damage assessments are done visually from the street. The information is provided to FEMA to help the federal agency implement FEMA Individual Assistance to the community.
These figures do NOT include assessments from the Keys’ five municipalities of Key West, Marathon, Islamorada, Key Colony Beach and Layton.
This also is NOT data the County has obtained from more detailed safety inspections, used for placarding buildings. That data will be released at a later date. For the safety inspections, the County rechecks those structures designated as Major Damage or Destroyed for placarding.
Also, Substantial Damage Inspections related to flooding – which are separate from this Preliminary Damage Assessment – have just begun to take place in unincorporated Monroe County. These inspections are required by floodplain regulations as a condition of eligibility for County residents to participate in the federally subsidized National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Monroe County’s contracted haulers have collected more than 15,000 cubic yards of debris in Key Largo caused by Hurricane Irma. The debris is taken to a temporary site set up at Monroe County’s Rowell’s Waterfront Park in Key Largo. Collections will continue seven days a week in Key Largo.
Monroe County opened a second temporary debris site Friday on Rockland Key, at about MM 8.5. Residents in the Lower Keys will begin to see trucks collecting debris from county right of ways this weekend.
Monroe County will soon be picking up debris on Conch Key, Long Key and Duck Key in the Middle Keys. The county also will soon begin picking up debris in the municipalities of Layton and Key Colony Beach.
For unincorporated Monroe County, Layton and Key Colony Beach, it is estimated that there is about 2 to 2.5 million cubic yards of debris to remove. This does not include the debris that is being picked up by the Keys’ other three municipalities: Key West, Marathon and Islamorada.
Debris removal is free for residents and business owners, but the following must be done.
• Stack hurricane related debris on the county right of way (road shoulder) in front of homes. It must not block the road or driveways.
• Do not put debris on vacant lots or other private property; It will not be picked up.
• You must separate into five groups:
— vegetative debris (tree branches, leaves)
— household appliances
— household hazardous waste, which includes paints, cleaners, etc.
— nonvegetative debris
This needs to be kept separate from regular household garbage. Contents of refrigerators should be thrown out in regular trash, which will be picked up by regular garbage collection.
In addition to household trash, things that are not eligible for pickup by debris contractors include cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, boats or other watercraft and car parts like tires.
In the areas that have vacuum sewers in Key Largo and Tavernier, make sure not to stack debris near sewer system breathers, which are in the right of way. In the Upper Keys they look like small concrete pillars.
Debris also should be kept away from fire hydrants, utility poles, power lines, water-valve boxes, sewer-valve boxes, mail boxes and vacuum sewer system breathers.
Collection of debris in the Upper Keys will begin soon. More detailed information about schedule will be provided. There will be multiple passes through all neighborhoods.