According to preliminary estimates from the Nassau County Emergency Management office, Hurricane Irma caused $9 million in property damage to 132 residential and commercial structures throughout the county, including public facilities.
Director William Estep said 92 buildings received minor damage and 10 structures received light damage. Thirty properties, he said, received major damage, which a news announcement released Monday described as having more than 50 percent of the property in need of repair.
Mr. Estep said he expects the number of damaged structures to rise, according to the announcement. He said some areas of the county are not accessible and still need to be assessed.
“As a result, damage estimates will likely be significantly higher,” he said.
Mr. Estep said the Red Cross will canvas homes and reports will be verified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSAT) are expected to go door-to-door soon to verify Nassau County’s preliminary estimates for structural damage, he said.
While DSAT’s primary goal is to inform storm people about the recovery process, the teams will also collect information and help people register with FEMA for disaster aid.
For information visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.
DSAT can also distribute information about floods, clean-up, and mold damage.
FEMA is expected to open Disaster Recovery Centers in Nassau County. Information will be posted online at the county website www.nassaucountyfl.com and on the Nassau Emergency Management Department Facebook page www.facebook.com/NassauEM.
Storm Reports The Nassau County Sheriff said two Fernandina Beach residents were arrested in the early morning hours of Sept. 10. During the storm there was a curfew in place to help prevent looting. According to the arrest report, Kevan Michael Bunch, 21, and Michaela Suzanne Peeples, 19, were arrested for having possible burglary tools and controlled substances. They were stopped in the Yulee area at Mistwood Ct. and Tanglewood Dr. after authorities received calls of seeing a suspicious vehicle and individuals in the area. Guns were also found in the vehicle, according to the report.
The suspects were arrested in a car that also contained a dog, according to the report, and the dog was taken to Animal Control in Yulee. Director Tim Maguire said by phone Tuesday that the sheriff’s office frequently calls the emergency hotline after hours.
He said six dogs were collected during the storm. “The dogs get afraid and run away,” he said. “That happens.”
Mr. Maguire said the shelter’s washer and dryer are undergoing repairs (due to age, not the storm, he said) and that the facility could use donations of towels and rags. The shelter is located near the Tax Collector’s office at 86078 License Rd. in Yulee. The phone number is (904) 530-6150.
In Fernandina Beach, Police Chief James Hurley said by email Tuesday that there were robbery incidents during the storm at Dollar General, a residential garage and the Surf Restaurant.