Hurricane Michael is the latest hurricane to sweep through the southeastern United States resulting in catastrophic damage to Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. Research firms currently believe that Michael caused between $3 billion and $5 billion worth of damage, but earlier models and predictions have projected as much as $13.4 billion in damage.
Now that the hurricane has subsided, it’s up to contractors to assist with rebuilding efforts, especially in areas like Mexico Beach, Florida, which was absolutely flattened by Michael’s extreme winds and torrential downpour.
In this two-part article, the Tallahassee construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law will discuss plans for helping afflicted areas recover in the wake of Hurricane Michael. If you want to find out more about how you can help with recovery efforts, contact a Tallahassee construction lawyer to see how you can get involved while avoiding any potential legal issues.
Hurricane Michael proved to be a unique problem for the southeastern United States. Whereas most hurricanes result in massive storm surges and rampant flooding that leads to the bulk of damage to properties, Hurricane Michael weaponized wind in a way that isn’t often seen in hurricanes from the Atlantic Ocean. High-powered, sustained winds ravaged communities along the Florida Panhandle and parts of Alabama and Georgia.
In Panama City, Florida, nearly 5,200 residential and commercial structures were assaulted by a vehement, Category 4 Hurricane Michael. An additional 36,000 structures were struck with Category 3 conditions, another 37,000 dealt with Category 2 conditions, and 28,000 had to withstand Category 1 conditions. In Tallahassee and the surrounding area, which was largely spared compared to towns and cities along the Panhandle’s Gulf Coast, surveyors reported that over 67,000 structures were damaged. Additionally, 3,000 structures in Alabama battled Category 1 conditions, while about 14,000 structures in Georgia were tasked with resisting with Category 1 or Category 2 conditions.
Collecting Data for Recovery Efforts
Before recovery efforts can be effectively rolled out, data must be collected to help governments appropriately plan the necessary scope of disaster relief needed to help an area recover. Companies are contracted to provide aerial data using drones, satellites, and fixed-wing aircrafts that allow large areas of land to be surveyed quickly and efficiently. By providing comprehensive data about afflicted areas, local government agencies can get to work sooner.
To learn about how the U.S. Department of Labor is helping in the wake of Hurricane Michael, read part two.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.