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Rick Scott to Obama: Florida Needs Full Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Matthew Damage

October 17, 2016 - 3:30pm

Florida is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew, and Gov. Rick Scott says the federal government hasn’t done enough to help the state recover from the major storm.

On Monday, Scott called for the federal government to come through for Florida and approve his request for a major disaster declaration.

The federal government has already approved portions of the governor’s request for a major declaration in Florida, but Scott says it isn’t enough to deal with all of the impact from the storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 and a Category 3 storm.

Scott says approving the entire major disaster declaration would help families and businesses pay for temporary housing, home repairs and living expenses, especially in parts of the state like Northeast Florida which were pounded by Matthew.

Parts of the already approved disaster declaration will pay for the removal of debris and emergency protective measures in eight different Florida counties, including Duval, Brevard and St. Johns counties. 

Scott has been traveling the state since the storm’s impact, surveying the damage which has been significant in those counties. 

The governor says the entire disaster declaration is necessary because families are desperately trying to piece back together their lives after Matthew destroyed their homes. 

“Today I was in St. Johns County and while many people are trying to rebuild, they need this key federal funding so they can start the process,” Scott said Monday. “At the state level, we are helping our communities any way we can and I am going to continue to fight for every available resource from the federal government so our families and businesses can get back to normal.”

On a federal level, Scott said he was still waiting, but wouldn’t give up the fight for an entire major disaster declaration.

“I am going to continue to call on the President to help our state because Floridians deserve nothing less,” Scott said. “I hope President Obama approves our request today.”

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were in Jacksonville Monday to survey the damage from the storm. According to Action News JAX, FEMA officials are asking residents to help clean up debris, seaweed and boards lining the Jacksonville coastline.  

While Matthew didn’t make as much impact as anticipated in some parts of the state, other areas were hit hard by the storm. Nearly 40,000 Floridians have already filed insurance claims due to damage from the storm. 

Property damage from Matthew has totaled over $218 million in Florida already, but that number is expected to climb.

"We anticipate this number will grow as consumers return to their homes and assess the damage to their property and belongings," Karen Kees, a spokeswoman for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation told Reuters. "It will take time for this process to be complete."

Elsewhere, the damage from Hurricane Matthew has climbed to over $1 billion in places like North Carolina, where the storm headed after it hit Florida.

There had been no confirmation whether or not the White House will honor Scott’s request at the time of this article’s publication.

 

Reach reporter Allison Nielsen by email at allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen

 

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This is outrageous.

Next time hillary comes to Florida to campaign, arrest her and hold her in jail until obama pays up!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 4:16PM Miami, Florida Better yet, the quite literal supreme leaders of the USA have been quite literally ordered to instantly make me, who is the above Arnold Douglas Veness (DSUS-SEMIKO) THE ONLY AND ABSOLUTE SUPREME LEADER / DICTATOR OF FLORIDA. WHY? WHY INDEED? From November 25, 2014 until May 30, 2015 Arnold Douglas Veness (DSUS-SEMIKO) dutifully warned the supreme leaders of Florida to prepare for a catastrophic natural disaster providing 20.1 megapixel high resolution photographic evidence. What was the quite literal response of each and every single person in a position of supreme power especially including the mayors of Miami and Miami Beach and their respective mayor's offices and many others including each and every single advertising publication... falsely called newspapers... THEIR RESPONSE WAS THIS QUITE LITERALLY... LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL, HA HA HA HA HA HA. IN THE EXTREMELY NEAR FUTURE MOUNTAIN SIZE ASTEROID FRAGMENT 4C WILL BE COLLIDING WITH THE OCEAN OFF THE COAST OF MIAMI BEACH. INSTANTLY A 620 STORY SUPER TSUNAMI WILL BE CREATED QUITE LITERALLY ERASING ALL OF THIS FLORIDA CIVILIZATION FROM EVERYONE'S KNOWLEDGE. WHAT WAS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S OFFICIAL RESPONSE? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL, HA HA HA HA HA HA QUESTION FOR FLORIDIANS: DOES QUITE LITERALLY ANYONE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOCUS OF THE SUPREME LEADERS WHOSE ONLY FIGUREHEAD IS BARACK OBAMA VIA HIS FACEBOOK PAGE? QUITE LITERALLY THE SUPREME LEADERS OF THE WHITE HOUSE DON'T QUITE LITERALLY GIVE A FUCK ABOUT ANY AMERICAN'S LIFE... QUITE LITERALLY. INSTANTLY THE STATE OF FLORIDA REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHY? WHY INDEED? EXTREMELY SOON THE WHITE HOUSE BECOMES 100% EXTINCT... QUITE LITERALLY. Arnold Douglas Veness (DUSU-SEMIKO, 1962 - 2034, DARK PURPLE TO THE 20TH POWER ENERGY VIBRATION FREQUENCY, FULL TELEPATH) Email: arnoldveness2015@mail.com PLANETARY LEADER EXTREMELY SOON AND IF FLORIDANS WANT THEIR ONLY SUPREME LEADER = QUITE LITERAL DICTATOR WHO ACTUALLY CARES IF EACH AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU SURVIVE THIS EXTREMELY SOON CATASTROPHIC CIVILIZATION ENDING DISASTER. EXTREME WARNING: NEVER LOOK TO THE SUPREME LEADERS IN THE OVAL OFFICE, THEY'RE ALL QUITE LITERALLY ONLY CONCERNED WITH QUITE LITERALLY SMILING AND BEING POPULAR. SEE FOR YOURSELF ON PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FACEBOOK PAGE AND ON THE WHITE HOUSE FACEBOOK PAGE. THESE ARE QUITE LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE ONE PRE-PRE-PRE-PRE-PRE-PRE-SCHOOL EVOLVED INCARNATING CONSCIOUS AWARE LIGHT ENERGY BEINGS.

Sure, No need for due process. Your infantile emotions should be enough to deprive people of their freedom.

Rick (the Felon) Scott, is a typical Republican governor. He wants nothing to do with the federal government until he wants welfare from the hard working blue state's taxpayers. I'm tired of carrying these states who think they have no responsibility to support themselves. If it weren't for the subsidies by the taxpayers in the blue states Haiti would look life the Garden Of Eden compared to the red states.

How about the rest of us in to that can't get medicaid when on seek and are dying of cancer. Thank you Mr Scott for killing me in a slow and painful manner! Why did you refuse the free money to help us. Especially single no children and have worked for 40+ years.

Great point! If he gets the extra money pay attention to where it goes. You take your chances living on the coast of FL where hurricanes are very possible. I don't trust the guy and his motives are suspect.

Thank you so much for reporting on this. Most of the media has moved on from the storm (after telling us we were all gonna die during hurricane LOL) so now it's not so dramatic except to folks on a personal level so there is not much coverage.

I did not think Florida was in such dire straits because Governor Scott said additional time was not needed for voter registration.

....drops the mic.

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