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How A Green New Deal Could Affect Storms, Floods & Heat In Jacksonville

Feb 20, 2019
Florida National Guard soldiers going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017.
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When Hurricane Irma destroyed the house that Tom Davitt was renting on Jacksonville’s Westside, it also wrecked tens of thousands of dollars worth of his uninsured possessions and forced him to find a new home. “I rolled out of bed because I thought it was my alarm and it was a tornado warning - and I stepped into a foot and a half of water,” the yacht broker said. “I'm basically starting all over at my age, and I'm 56 years old.”

Melissa Ross / WJCT News

It's a modern alternative to a hard seawall that can soften the impact of strong storms and rising seas due to a warming planet.

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Update 4:26 p.m. St. Augustine has lifted the boil water notice on Anastasia Island.

Northeast Florida public utilities are in the process of assessing and correcting damage to the region’s infrastructure after Hurricane Matthew.

In addition to lingering power outages and debris-covered roads, officials are also dealing with millions of gallons of toxic sewage.