Hurricane Sally caused at least $ 139 million in damage in the province of Escambia, and that number will continue to grow further as assessments continue, according to officials.
Escampia County Director Janice Gelly said that a preliminary assessment of the damage in the county and Pensacola City estimated there was $ 139 million in damage to public and private property.
Estimating the damage to Hurricane Sally is a key metric in getting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to declare Sally a major disaster and unleash federal resources for both county and residents.
“This is what we presented last night (to the Federal Emergency Management Agency),” Jelly told a news conference at 4 pm. But that didn’t include bridges and things like that. So there are still some very important elements that need to be entered. “
Gili said 10 teams from county, state and FEMA are continuing to survey the county to assess the damage from the storm.
US Rep. Matt Gates said he expects a major announcement from the FEMA soon, and Jelly said Sunday that she had received a call from the FEMA requesting office space at county facilities for teams to set up a store.
“I’d say it’s a very good sign in my opinion that I got a call this morning asking for an office space to get to Pensacola,” said Gilly. “It looks like they are committed to being here with us for a while.”
The province has also awarded three emergency contracts worth $ 12.2 million to three companies to deal with debris removal and collection.
Roads Inc. With areas north of Interstate 10. Panhandle Paving and Grading will take over the central portion of the county south of Interstate 10, including Pensacola Beach. Ashbury will take over the western parts of the province, including Perdido Ki.
Gili said the county will also employ about 275 to 300 people to work as temporary jobs as debris transport inspectors.
The county will announce details of its job fair for the positions. Gili said the goal would be to collect all the debris within 90 days.
Meanwhile, the county worked with the Florida Department of Emergency Management and the National Guard to distribute food, water, ice, and cloths at distribution points across the county.
Geely said nearly 20,000 vehicles arrived via the county’s distribution sites over the weekend.
Six locations will be opened in the following locations:
AMC Cinema Theater at 161 E. Nine Mile Road
Brent Sports Park at 4711 NW.
Brownsville Community Center at 3200 W. Desoto Street.
Century Industrial Park at 6081 Industrial Blvd. In the century
Mary K. Young Wedgwood Community at 6405 Wagner Road
Point Church at 13801 Energy Point Road
In addition, organizations such as the Salvation Army, Red Cross and Mercy Chefs provided more than 13,500 meals to residents affected by the storm.
Recharge sites will continue to be established in various locations across the county and city, including county POD sites.
Eric Gilmore said that as energy and infrastructure is restored at the sites, relief sites will be closed or relocated to areas still without electricity.
Gulf Power was on its way to restore electricity to all of Santa Rosa County by midnight with only 70 customers without electricity until 6 pm.
The company said 95% of Escambia County customers will have power by midnight but Gulf Power President Marilyn Santos said that changed until midnight.
Santos said the company managed to beat its expectations because the community partners allowed the company to create staging areas throughout the community where line workers could sleep and eat to reduce travel times.
As of 6 p.m., 20,790 Gulf Power customers were still without electricity, which is only 14% of the number of customers who went out of business due to Hurricane Sally.
One of the last missing parts of the infrastructure is the safe water supply. Customers of the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority remain under boiling water notice.
ECUA Executive Director Bruce Woody said the tool had collected the two required rounds of 186 samples from across the system required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection before raising the boiling water notice.
Woody said he expects results to return Monday night, at which point the boiling water notification can be raised system-wide. Woody said the boiling water notifications may still be in effect for certain areas where the water system remains affected.