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 8, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier and Monroe, the four south Florida counties declared eligible for disaster aid October 4, have flood insurance coverage that amounts to a staggering $107,909,105,000. In simpler terms, that's $107.9 billion, and it represents 49 percent of the entire state's coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program.
October 7, 2000
News Release
Washington, DC -- Cleaning up a disaster-damaged home - one of the first steps toward recovery - can be a difficult and disheartening task. It can also be dangerous. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is warning residents of those areas of Florida affected by recent flooding to be especially careful when returning to their homes.
October 6, 2000
News Release
Miami, FL -- Miami-Dade and Broward Counties Friday were declared eligible for federal infrastructure programs through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The announcement came after FEMA Director James Lee Witt toured flood-damaged areas in both counties. The designation means the counties will receive up to 75 percent of the cost of removing debris from highways and public rights-of-way, emergency personnel, including police and fire units, and repair or replacement of damaged infrastructure.
October 5, 2000
News Release
Washington, DC -- James L. Witt, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), urged those with minimal damage to wait a few days before calling to register for federal disaster aid now available for eligible individuals, families and businesses in four southeast counties of Florida. Waiting a few days to call will allow those with the most urgent needs and disaster damage to begin the disaster aid process first, Witt said.
October 5, 2000
News Release
Washington, DC -- Federal disaster aid has been made available for families and businesses in four southeast Florida counties swamped by record rains this week, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA Director James Lee Witt said President Clinton ordered the assistance immediately after receiving the agency's analysis of the state's expedited request for federal relief. The President's major disaster declaration covers damage to private property from severe storms and flooding that hit the area beginning October 3.

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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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