Hermine causes around $53 million in damage in Citrus Co.

- Clean-up continues in Citrus County following Hurricane Hermine. The storm thrashed parts of the nature coast especially the low-lying coastal areas.

"There was about two feet outside and one foot inside," said John Conroy.

Conroy believes there’s about $10,000 worth of damage inside his home in Crystal River. He and others stopped by the county’s disaster information workshop to figure out what to do next.

"We took every precaution we could but there’s so much water only so much you can do," said Chris Komfel.

Komfel’s family business, Charlies Fish House has been closed since last week. 

"Our compressors that run our freezers coolers and ac unit it pretty much destroyed those - it shut us down since the storm," he said.

These are just two examples of the storm’s impact. The county says 1,881 structures suffered some type of damage. Initial damage assessments are in the neighborhood of $53 million.

“Right now we’ve had 70 residential structures 111 mobile homes 5 businesses by either major or destroyed which means their uninhabitable,”said Capt. David DeCarlo with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Which means there is clearly a lot of work and recovery to be done. 
Officials are waiting on the federal government to make a disaster declaration, in order for FEMA to lend a hand.

"There’s  process in place, we've started that process but it may take some time I want people to understand it’s a process," Capt. DeCarlo said.

That could take at least a week or more.

 

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