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Minimize the chance of storm damage to your Florida property

Building a home or fixing a home after it suffers damage is the perfect opportunity to ensure that it is ready for the harsh weather that comes with storms in Florida. There are some aspects of this that your contractor can help you with, but it is always a good idea to know some of the basics.

Large number of Hurricane Michael claims still outstanding

Government officials in Florida are being critical of insurance companies for their failure to settle claims resulting from Hurricane Michael in 2018. The storm was rated as Category 5 and included winds gusting up to 161 miles per hour. It caused insured losses estimated at over $7.2 billion. More than 17,000 insurance claims were still pending as of Sept. 27, 2019. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said that 12,145 of the remaining insurance claims are for personal residential damages.

Homeowners still owed payouts for Hurricane Michael damage

According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Category 5 Hurricane Michael has led to over 150,000 insurance claims from businesses and homeowners. These claims represent over $7.1 billion in losses covered by insurance. The office noted that as of Sept. 27, 2019, 99,208 of those claims deal with hurricane damage to homes and other residential properties. While 132,201 claims, over 88% of those filed, have been closed since the devastating storm, this means that thousands of homeowners are still waiting for much-needed reimbursements for urgent repairs to their homes. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle with massive force and has left behind lasting damage as public buildings, businesses and homes go unrepaired.

Hurricane Michael's devastation continues a year later

Hurricane victims in northern Florida are raising the alarm that they continue to face severely difficult conditions one year after Hurricane Michael hit land. The Category 5 storm devastated rural communities and small towns throughout the Florida Panhandle as well as hitting some larger cities, such as Panama City and Port St. Joe. Even though the hurricane hit land in October 2018, residents continue to live in hotel rooms, trailers and tents as of fall 2019. Many buildings have not yet been repaired, and fallen trees continue to dominate the landscape in some places. Thousands of people have left the heavily impacted communities, especially due to the economic damage caused by the storm.

City sewer system damaged by Hurricane Michael

One Florida city is continuing to face massive bills to repair its water and sewer system damaged by Hurricane Michael. Panama City, the largest city hit hard by the Category 5 storm, has suffered ongoing sewage leaks. According to local reports, over 65,000 gallons of raw sewage ran through streets and ditches through the town and into area streams and waterways. The city manager said that there would be costs of $200 million to $300 million to revamp the water and sewer systems to prevent future spills. While officials said that the problems' origin predated Hurricane Michael, the storm damage caused even more serious devastation.

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