FEMA Denies Hurricane Isaac Claims By Escambia, Santa Rosa
September 21, 2012
FEMA has denied assistance to Escambia and Santa Rosa County to cover costs associated with damage and cleanup from Hurricane Isaac.
A preliminary damage assessment found Pensacola Beach lost 250,000 cubic yards of sand, which will cost about $8 million to fix. Perdido Key lost 180,000 cubic yards and had up to $6.3 million in damage. About $10.4 million of the Escambia damage was eligible for FEMA reimbursement. Santa Rosa County estimates $704,000 in damages in the unincorporated areas — $4,000 to parks and $700,00 for Navarre Beach erosion and total damages of $1.2 million.
In a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, FEMA said the damage sustained across Florida was not of such severity and magnitude to qualify for assistance.
“Certainly we are surprised and disappointed with FEMA’s decision to deny assistance to the Florida counties impacted by Hurricane Isaac,” said Escambia County Administrator Randy Oliver. “We feel strongly that the nearly $11 million in damage Escambia County sustained from Isaac is significant and should qualify for relief. We stand ready to join Governor Scott in appealing this decision to FEMA.”
Scott has already asked the Division of Emergency Management to appeal the denial.