Florida Heavy Rains And Flooding (DR-1345)

Incident period: October 3, 2000 to October 11, 2000
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 4, 2000

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 25, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- Nearly half of the 40,000 victims of South Florida's early October floods who have contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) toll-free recovery teleregistration number have raised tax questions. And for those inquirers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may offer one of the few positive aspects of South Florida's October heavy rains and floods.
October 24, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- People in South Florida who have suffered losses or had their lives disrupted by the early October rains and flooding will be able to get free crisis counseling to help alleviate their emotional stress, disaster officials announced today. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the State of Florida's request for an $88,707 grant to pay for 60 days of crisis counseling services. The grant will provide screening, diagnostic services, and counseling for disaster victims at their request.
October 23, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- More than one hundred inspectors, under contract to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), remain in the field, mostly in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, wrapping up their assessments of homes and businesses damaged in South Florida's early October floods. According to Justo Hernandez, federal coordinating officer for the recovery, the inspectors are working rapidly, having completed 94%, or more than 28,000, of the 30,000 applications they have been issued.
October 21, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- After meeting the immediate needs of South Floridians for emergency housing and home repairs after the early October rains, disaster recovery officials are now focusing on state and federal programs that provide direct grants to individuals and families who suffered uninsured losses to dwellings or personal property.
October 20, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- If you live, work, or own property in any of the four South Florida disaster counties (Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe), and your life was adversely affected by the severe storms and flooding that hit the area beginning October 3, you should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA's disaster application number is: 1-800-462-9029. The number for speech and hearing impaired individuals is: 1-800-462-7585. The number will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
October 20, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- Barely two weeks after President Clinton declared a major disaster in four rain-drenched South Florida counties, $25.6 million in state and federal assistance has been approved for victims of the floods, and the number of requests for assistance has passed the 40,000 mark. The largest sums approved were for disaster housing allowances and repairs and individual and family grants. Totals of federal and state funds okayed by program:

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Photo of two people cleaning up after a flood.Miami, FL October 15, 2000 - Americorp volunteer Derrick Higgins helps West Miami residents with their flood clean up. Photo by Kay Hickcox/Americorps News Photo.

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