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FEMA UPDATES

  •          The Disaster Recovery Center located at the Agricultural Center on Lake Drive, Cocoa, is still in operation, with approximately 20-40 visitors per day. FEMA, the Small Business Administration, CareerSource Brevard disaster unemployment, and United Way of Brevard County are represented. If the visitor numbers continue to decline, the DRC will close.
  •          More than 61,000 Brevard County residents have registered for FEMA assistance, qualifying for $16.8 million in assistance. A shortage in the number of FEMA inspectors is causing weeks of delays in the approval process for residents throughout the state. The deadline to register for Individual Assistance is November 9.
  •          A few Crisis Cleanup volunteer teams are still providing services such as roof tarping, tree removal, and mucking out of homes, but hundreds of requests remain.
  •          More than 500 families are still using FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which provides disaster survivors with a short-term stay in a hotel or motel if they are unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence because their home is either uninhabitable or inaccessible. The program has been extended through November 4, but many hotels in Brevard County are no longer participating.
  •          The St. Johns River has continued to recede slowly, and is currently at 16.82 feet at the SR520 bridge; it remains at Moderate flood stage.
  •          The Indian River Lagoon has continued to rise, at the Pine Island Conservation Area and the Barge Canal, so that none of the flash boards can be pulled at this time to allow gravity to work in our favor. Last night’s rainfall resulted in 5 inches of rain at Chase Hammock Road, and 3 1/8 inches of rain at PICA.
  •          Beginning next Monday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will begin the removal of all derelict vessels created by Irma. They expect to remove 1-3 vessels per day, depending on the size. The vessels will be stored for 90 days and either returned to the owners or destroyed, if not claimed.
  •          The Local State of Emergency remains in effect as necessary for recovery activities.
  •          FEMA Program Delivery Managers will be setting up offices in the Brevard EOC for accessibility to their assigned applicants. Robert Carter has been allotted Brevard County, Brevard County School Board, Brevard County Sheriff's Office, City of Cape Canaveral, City of Cocoa, Housing Authority Of The City Of Titusville, and Parrish Medical Center. Mary Smart has City of Cocoa Beach, City of Indian Harbour Beach, Town of Malabar, Melbourne Tillman Water Control District, City of Melbourne, City of Palm Bay, City of Rockledge, City of Titusville, and City of West Melbourne.
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