hurricane irma

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.
The National Guard / Flickr.com

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.”

ROBERT TORBERT

Help is still available for homeowners struggling to fix-up property damaged by Hurricane Irma last year, through the Rebuild Florida program.

Quan McWil / WJCT News

The United Arab Emirates is lending a hand in Jacksonville’s ongoing Hurricane Irma recovery effort with a nearly $2.8 million donation.

Erin Gillespie speaking at Friday's launch of the Rebuild Florida Center in Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

On Friday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) opened its Rebuild Florida Center in Jacksonville, offering aid to families who still need help repairing or rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Irma.

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT'S OFFICE

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has started making assistance available to low-income residents in certain counties whose homes were damaged last year in Hurricane Irma.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A year ago WJCT reported that some of Jacksonville’s hardest hit by Hurricane Irma were also without the means to recover quickly. And today that’s proving to be true.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A year ago this week Hurricane Irma caused record flooding in many parts of Jacksonville, and some business owners are still dealing with the storm’s effects.

Repairing Hurricane Irma Damage At Jacksonville Parks Will Take Another Year

Sep 11, 2018
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

The water that rolled over Riverside’s Memorial Park is long gone, but a year after Hurricane Irma slammed Jacksonville, the metal barricades along the park’s riverfront are an everyday reminder of the damage that was wrought.

Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

Although current tracks have Hurricane Florence staying well north of Jacksonville, the River City remains in a vulnerable position when it comes to storms.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PHOTO

St. Johns County and the City of Jacksonville Beach will be getting more money from the federal government to help with clean-up costs associated with Hurricane Irma last September.

Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

Florida’s 14 nonprofit waterkeepers are asking environmental regulators to conduct an audit of the state’s vulnerability to storms and sea level rise.

The water watch-dogs say Florida is not planning well enough for the effects of climate change.

Irma Insurance Losses Near $10 Billion In Florida

Jun 14, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

Insurance loss estimates from Hurricane Irma have hit $9.7 billion, up by more than $1 billion since April, according to the latest numbers posted by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

CHERISSE LAMB

Hurricane Irma survivors have a few days left to use the free Disaster Legal Services hotline set up for low-income Floridians who can’t afford a lawyer.

Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

Hurricane Irma showed Jacksonville just how destructive the vicious combination of low-lying land, rising tides and a slow-moving monster storm could be. 

Elisha Pospisil / Flickr

The City of Jacksonville has given away nearly $525,000 in permit refunds for homeowners making post-Hurricane Irma fixes. But there’s still time and money left for more refunds.

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