hurricane irma

Memorial Park Repairs Almost Complete Following Damage Done By Hurricane Irma In 2017

Jul 22, 2021
Lawren Simmons / The Florida Times-Union

Another hurricane season is upon Jacksonville but whatever it might hold for residents, Hurricane Irma's impact still is felt from 2017 as the city finishes long-awaited repairs this month at Memorial Park in the Riverside neighborhood.

Flooding in the middle of the streets of St. Augustine
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

St. Augustine is receiving a pair of grants totaling $450,000 to prepare its historic districts for potential disasters like hurricanes and sea level rise.

Florida's Nursing Homes Grapple With Generator Requirement

Dec 4, 2019
12 of 14 deaths at the facility were ruled homicides by the Broward County Medical Examiner in November 2017.
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald/WLRN

Time is ticking for the state’s long-term care providers to comply with a requirement to have backup generators and fuel or face fines or even the possible revocation of their licenses.

Hurricane Irma storm surge flooding San Marco homes.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that more than $44 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding has been awarded to 11 communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irma, including Jacksonville.

Coast Guard officers look down from helicopter
Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Lindberg / U.S. Coast Guard

FEMA will reimburse the city of Jacksonville more than $21 million for debris removal as a result of Hurricane Irma two years ago. That was just part of the cost of removing blockages like downed trees from public insfrastucture like roadways and power lines.

Business Brief: Hal Jones Awarded $9.88M Contract To Repair Jacksonville Beach Pier

Sep 27, 2019
broken pier
Jacksonville Daily Record

The city awarded Hal Jones Contractor LLC a $9.88 million contract to repair and rebuild the Jacksonville Beach Pier.

Florida National Guard soldiers going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017.
The National Guard

A photo album of Hurricane Irma could include shots of waves splashing the statue in Riverside’s Memorial Park, homes fully submerged in Black Creek, and the aftermath of flooded homes in San Marco and along the Northside’s Ribault River.

Then Florida Governor Rick Scott and Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels survey Black Creek flooding after Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Former Governor Rick Scott's Office

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has pushed back the application deadline for local governments in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma to apply for grant funding for a voluntary home buyout program.

Flooding in Flagler County.
Flagler County Emergency Services

Flagler County residents with homes that were damaged during Hurricane Irma or are located in high risk areas have until the end of July to sell their property to the government at its assessed pre-storm value.

Street flooding on Solano Ave. in St. Augustine is pictured in this 2017 file photo.
City of St. Augustine

FEMA has approved $2,337,738.75 to the State of Florida to help the City of St. Augustine defray the costs to repair the city's marina and docks damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

How A Green New Deal Could Affect Storms, Floods And 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

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.”


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.


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 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.

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
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.

Alexandra Blackwell

With hurricane season now underway, conversations about the future of the St. Johns River will be on the rise.

Citizens Insurance Reopens Irma Claims

Mar 29, 2018
Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

Citizens Property Insurance has reopened more than one-third of its 66,761 claims from Hurricane Irma to revisit damage estimates, the state-backed company announced Wednesday.

Cherisse Lamb

Duval County homeowners whose houses were damaged by last year’s hurricanes may be eligible for new assistance money from the state.

Orange juice
Via News Service of Florida

Frustration is growing among Florida citrus farmers awaiting the distribution of $2.36 billion in federal disaster-relief money for agriculture losses sustained in Hurricane Irma.

hurricane irma graphic
Georgia Public Broadcasting

When legislative budget chiefs agreed during negotiations to spend $1.5 million on a study about extending a toll road north to Georgia, they started to lock into Florida’s new budget some of the 78 recommendations a House select committee created in the wake of last year’s deadly hurricane season.