FEMA visits Pasco homes damaged by Hermine

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Thousands of people are still dealing with damage caused by Hurricane Hermine. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives are going door-to-door in the areas that were hit the hardest. On Monday several representatives visited homes in Pasco County.

On Monday several representatives visited homes in Pasco County.

There was close to three feet of water standing outside of Dave Hummer’s home after Hurricane Hermine. The water ruined his duct work and insulation and he hasn’t had air condition since Labor Day weekend.

“When we went to get the air condition to work, they sucked out 32 gallons of water out of that pipe,” he said.

Dave Hummer has lived in Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village for three years. This is the second time his home has flooded.

“My insurance company estimated the whole thing around $17,000, new floors, new carpet,” he said.

A FEMA representative was out in Hummer’s neighborhood Monday and he said what he heard sounded promising – the money is available from FEMA for basic home repairs temporary rental assistance and other needs not covered by insurance.

Hummer didn’t qualify for money and said he won’t utilize what FEMA offered him.

“They provide you with a low-interest loan,” he said. “That’s not a deal. I can go to the bank and get a loan.”

Out of $17,000 worth of damage, insurance is going to cover $12,000.

“Luckily I’m still working,” he explained. “A lot of people in here aren’t working and they can’t afford to have 8, 9, $10,000 worth of damaged fixed in their homes, that’s why there’s so many units empty. They walk away from them.”

FEMA representatives urge you not to walk away and contact FEMA immediately.

Often times people can get help and they don’t realize it.

“You won’t know what kind of assistance you can get from FEMA until you register,” representatives said. “That’s when you’ll find out. FEMA will get in touch with you. Everyone is handled on a case basis so please register.”

If you need to register, visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

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