Early estimates show that Manatee County properties received relatively little damage from Tropical Storm Debby's winds and rains - despite widespread urban flooding and road closures.
“We’re trying to get an idea of how many properties have been impacted,” said Emergency Management Chief Laurie Feagans. “So far we’ve had no reports of damage from the ground, whether home or business owners, fire departments or law enforcement officials.”
In an effort to obtain federal money to pay for damage last week’s weather events, Manatee County Emergency Management officials are asking local home and business owners to report uninsured and underinsured property damage sustained during Tropical Storm Debby.
To qualify for federal assistance, Manatee must document whether at least 30 different uninsured or under-insured properties were destroyed or that received weather-related damage. If a property has been impacted by water intrusion, fallen tree limbs, broken windows and more, it could be eligible for a claim.
If local thresholds meet federal requirements, owners may be eligible for Small Business Association (SBA) loans if the State receives a FEMA Presidential declaration.
To report property damage, owners may call (941) 749-3500. Business owners are also asked to contact the Florida Private Sector Hotline at (850) 410-1403 or e-mail EOC-ESF18@em.myflorida.com.