Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach on October 10, 2018, leaving unparalleled levels of destruction in its wake. As the strongest storm to strike the Florida Panhandle on record, the people have suffered immensely in their recovery.
“It might be the severest hurricane to hit the U.S. for as long as I’m still alive,” Josh Morgerman, a storm chaser, told the Washington Post.
Despite this immense destruction, the national news cycle quickly moved on to other stories. While national news focuses on elections and other news, recovery efforts continue in the Panhandle and the people in those affected areas continue suffering and working to recover.
“Make no mistake. Things are very tough here, and there are people who are living in very difficult circumstances,” Tommy Ford, Bay County Sheriff, told NBC Miami. “We are still hurting and we’re going to be hurting for a long time.”
The stories being told are ones of the continued aftermath of the storm: people living in FEMA trailers but lacking running water, school officials working to provide children with clean clothes, and services that still have not returned like doctors’ offices and medical facilities.
Recovery efforts have already topped nearly $1 billion in costs. Legislators expect that the cost of the recovery may exceed $2.7 billion.
Roads lack street signs. People must commute great distances to partake of basic amenities. And everywhere people work to try tirelessly to restore life to what it was before the storm.
We Can Help with Disaster Recovery
In the wake of a natural disaster, it can be difficult to navigate the challenges that are being faced by those who have been affected by the destruction. Efforts to rebuild, repair, or relocate can be complicated and strain one’s ability to navigate the recovery process.
Our firm has decades of practice fighting for the rights of Floridians in the wake of natural disasters. With our skill, knowledge, and experience in disaster recovery, we work to get you the help and compensation that you deserve.
If you have questions about how we can help, contact our law firm today. The call is free and you are under no obligation. Initial consultations are confidential and if we do pursue a claim, you pay nothing unless we win.