Monroe County will host a community meeting to provide information and answer questions about the recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma, which struck the Florida Keys one month ago.
Hurricane Irma Recovery Community Meeting
When: Friday, Oct. 13
Time 4 p.m.
Where: Keys Community Church, 30300 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key
Who: Monroe County Mayor George Neugent; Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson; Assistant County Administrator Christine Hurley; Erin Muir, Rep. Holly Raschein aide; Kent Nelson, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and Deputy Director of Utility Operations; Julie Cheon, FKAA public information officer; Mark Landry with the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and others.
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).
As of Oct. 2, all Monroe County schools are open.