Slosberg wants Scott to declare emergency in parts of Palm Beach Countyby John Kennedy | January 17th, 2014
A Palm Beach County lawmaker is asking Gov. Rick Scott to call a state of emergency for parts of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach flooded during last weeks’ torrential rainstorm.
“The disastrous consequences has caused roads and schools to close, and has devastated my district and the lives of my constituents,” Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, wrote in a letter to Scott.”
Hundreds of homes were so flooded that many of my constituents have been left homeless. My district is home to a large senior citizen community and unfortunately many of these people do not have automobile or flood insurance.,” he added.
Slosberg concluded, “My constituents are the people that built this great nation, and it is shameful to see them left out in the dark in this time of need.”
It may not be that easy.
Evan Rosenberg, bureau chief of recovery for the state’s Division of Emergency Management, told the Post that Palm Beach County did not seek any state aid stemming from the floods Martin County did submit a request for the federal Small Business Administration to help residents in the Woodbridge Mobile Home Park in Hobe Sound.
But Rosenberg said the 20 units damaged there by winds did not reach the federal qualifying threshhold of 25 residences damaged which is needed to allow for aid.
Similarly, roughly $26 million in damage to roads, schools and other public facilities is considered the minimum level needed in Florida to qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency support. Rosenberg said that only St. Lucie County reported significant public damage – and that amounted to one road.