Hurricane Irma’s price tag in federal disaster assistance now totals $1.95 billion in Florida, including $39 million on the Treasure Coast, according to federal reports.
The Treasure Coast’s payouts are the equivalent of $64 per person for the region’s 602,000 residents and almost four times what Indian River County paid for its new 37,000-square-foot Intergenerational Center on Oslo Road.
Residents of neighboring Brevard County have received $74 million in grants and loans, both to individuals and businesses.
Not included in the state total is $492 million paid out in 27,500 claims statewide through the federal flood insurance program.
The Treasure Coast’s three counties and Brevard County were among 48 of Florida’s 67 counties declared disaster areas, making them eligible for aid.
The center of the wide-ranging hurricane passed through the Tampa area the weekend of Oct. 9 and its tropical storm-force winds extended into the Treasure Coast. It first hit the west coast’s Marco Island as a Category 3 storm. At the time, it was the most intense Atlantic hurricane since Katrina in 2005, according to the National Hurricane Center, Miami.
A nearly 100 mph wind gust was recorded on South Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County. Heavy rains left historic flooding, especially in the Fort Pierce area.
The amount of federal disaster aid still could rise. The application deadline closed Nov. 24. Yet previously approved applicants can still ask for additional aid if they discover damage they didn’t know they had, said FEMA spokeswoman Debra Young.
The federal aid includes everything from homeowner grants to business loans.
Along the Treasure Coast, thousands of applications just for grants were approved for individual homes. That includes 7,903 in St. Lucie County, 3,079 in Indian River County and 2,009 in Martin County. In comparison, Brevard County had 16,737.
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