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State of emergency extended for Pinellas

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The Pinellas County Commission voted to extend the area’s state of emergency for another week during a special commission meeting Thursday.

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Pinellas residents and businesses eligible for federal cash

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Pinellas County residents and businesses that are trying to put their lives back together after Hurricane Irma can put in an application for federal assistance.

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FEMA declares individual disaster relief for Polk, Pasco

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has now amended their initial Federal Disaster Declaration to include Pasco County and Polk County for individual assistance. The declaration now will allow individuals in both counties affected by Hurricane Irma to receive recovery support and disaster assistance.

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Joe Henderson: Flood insurance reform must be priority

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The images of sunken cars, water-soaked homes and submerged streets in the aftermath of hurricanes in Florida and Texas should be enough to convince politicians to finally address the issue of flood insurance. Millions who need coverage don’t have it or can’t afford it. It’s an old problem in states like ours, and it’s time to fix it – past time, really.

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Anheuser Busch brings in 310K cans of water

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Anheuser Busch stepped up to bring in more than 310,000 cans of clean drinking water to areas of the state affected by Hurricane Irma.

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169,000 Florida utility customers remain without power post-Matthew

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More than 169,000 Florida utility customers remained without power Monday as power companies struggled to repair damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. Twenty percent — nearly 92,000 — of those customers live in Duval County. Ranking next was Volusia County, with 44,268; Flagler County, with 16,256; and Brevard County, with 5,460. Other counties affected include Indian River, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, and St. Lucie. Gov. Rick Scott released the numbers Monday. Local officials were assessing storm damage, Scott said. A federal…

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Bill Nelson seconds Rick Scott’s call for Hermine disaster declaration

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has joined Gov. Rick Scott’s appeal to the Obama administration to declare much of Florida a disaster zone. “I am writing to urge that you approve the State of Florida’s request for a major disaster declaration related to Hurricane Hermine as soon as possible,” Nelson wrote in a letter to President Obama dated Wednesday. “The eye of Hurricane Hermine made landfall on Sept. 2, 2016, in northern Florida, but the impacts of the storm affected many…

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