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FEMA adds Oct. 1 flood victims to Hurricane Irma coverage

 

Date: October 07, 2017
Source: Florida Today
Author:  Lamaur Stancil

 

It's been a week since the record-breaking rainfall doused Darcy Otranto's neighborhood, and there is water still behind and in front of her home.

"The water on the road comes up to my driveway and there's water coming into my backyard," said Otranto, who lives on Shepard Drive. just west of the Rockledge city limits. "I'm grateful it isn't worse."

It is worse for others in the neighborhood, who Otranto said she's helping with gathering sandbags. One neighbor had to abandon her flooded Matthew Drive home, she said.

Federal officials have recognized how bad the rain was on Oct. 1. Brevard County announced Saturday the Federal Emergency Management Agency is including flood damages as part of the emergency declaration granted for the area for Hurricane Irma, which blew through Brevard on Sept. 10.

Most ofBrevard County received 5 inches of rain or more Oct. 1 during a storm conjured by a low-pressure system that moved through Florida. That set a record in Melbourne for the date at 5.23 inches, and some areas, such as Palm Bay and Indialantic, had 10 inches.

More rain was added to the problem throughout the week, including 1.19 inches Thursday recorded at Patrick Air Force Base.

There is a reprieve from the rain for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Onlytrace amounts of precipitation are in the forecast Sunday and Monday, though a thunderstorm is possible Monday.

A coastal flood advisory for Brevard wasannounced Friday but expired on Saturday, meterologists said.

Otranto has lived in her home since 2005, raised three boys there and now corrals three Chihuahuas. The family recalls some bad flooding on Shepard during Tropical Storm Fay in 2008. Otherwise, she's never seen flooding there comparable to last weekend's deluge.

HOW TO GET FEMA HELP

  • You can go to the Disaster Recovery Center in Cocoa to speak with representatives from FEMA, the Small Business Administration, Blue Roof Program, Career Source Brevard, the Long-Term Recovery Coalition, and the Department of Children and Families, and theUnited Way, which has a limited supply of tarps available. The center is located at the Cocoa Agricultural Center,3695 Lake Drive, Cocoa. It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. There is no phone number available for the center.
  • You can also contact FEMA Assistance at 800-621-3362 or disasterassistance.gov
  • Disaster Food Stamps are available. You can determine if you're eligibileby calling 866-762-2237.