WATCH: In Florida, ‘it’s going to be a long road’ to recovery after Irma, governor says
It will take weeks for most areas of Florida to recover from damage sustained during Hurricane Irma, Gov. Rick Scott said in a news conference Monday.
“It’s going to be a long road. There’s a lot of damage,” Scott told reporters.
While the heaviest rain and winds have already cleared the state as the storm moves toward Georgia, flooding — particularly in Jacksonville, Florida’s largest city — will likely continue through next weekend.
There’s been record flooding along the city’s St. John River, one of the areas of the state that saw more than a foot of rain accumulate during the storm, Scott said.
It’s unclear how much the damage from Irma will cost. President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration Sunday that will free up federal funding for recovery efforts, including “grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.” More than 220,000 remained in shelters across the state on Monday, the Associated Press reported.
Scott said that in a flight over the Florida Keys on Monday morning, he saw boats washed ashore and debris filling the street. “I don’t think I saw one trailer park [where] everything wasn’t overturned,” Scott said.
Roads to the Keys, which sustained some of the worst damage from Irma’s tear through the state this weekend, are open, Scott said, but the region has no water, no sewer system and no electricity.
“I just hope everybody survived,” Scott said. “It’s horrible what we saw.”