Ron DeSantis Reports 500 Year Flooding

( Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis provided an update. The state is still evaluating the damage after the tropical storm passes through the state. According to DeSantis, Southwest Florida has the most severe damage.

The destruction was compared to that of a 500-year flood by the Governor.

As of Saturday at 7 a.m., more than 1,100 rescues had been carried out, and teams are still conducting search and rescue operations.

Utility workers, according to DeSantis, were working hard to restore electricity to individuals who’ve been in the dark since the storm ravaged the peninsula.

Over 54% of all those who had lost power had it back within 48 hours, according to DeSantis.

He also stated that SpaceX intends to launch Starlink satellites to assist with connection issues in rural towns in southwest Florida.

DeSantis stated, “We’re working with SpaceX, and we anticipate 120 additional huge Starlink units deploying to southwest Florida.”

According to DeSantis, some will be sent to Lee County, Charlotte County, and neighboring counties.

“Approximately 73% of Lee County and 77% of Charlotte County are currently without electricity. Hardee County, which has an electricity shortage of 88%, is the county with the highest percentage, “said DeSantis.

Verizon has used drones to examine the damage and assist in recovery.

Over 1,300 FDOT team members have been dispatched to continue checking the safety of bridges and roads before allowing vehicles to use them.

DeSantis stated that FDOT stopped a 12-mile section of I-75 while they continued assessing the flood’s effects.

Southwest Florida has received fuel as part of the recovery efforts.

DeSantis says, “We have brought 1.6 million gallons of fuel into southwest Florida to support various spots.” All essential ports are currently available for fuel, and fuel will start arriving.

To provide monetary support to towns recovering from the catastrophe, the Florida Disaster Fund was established.

Visit the website to learn more about the Florida Disaster Fund.

According to DeSantis, residents of Florida can also receive FEMA assistance, and at least 87,000 people have signed up for the program.