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Damage numbers released for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties
Escambia County officials are estimating that over 3200 homes and businesses were damaged in last week's flooding.
In addition Escambia County estimates $20 million in damage to public infrastructure
Such as roads and drainage or storm water systems so far, but county engineers are continuing to assess damage and that figure is expected to rise.
Governor Rick Scott is asking President Barack Obama to issue a Major Disaster Declaration that would free up FEMA and other federal agencies to help local residents.
In Escambia County, officials estimate:
There are almost 1700 residential homes with major damage with 12 inches of water or more.
13 residential homes destroyed
And 117 commercial businesses have been majorly damaged.
In Santa Rosa County 782 homes were damaged by the flood waters.
370 of the damaged homes are in the city of Gulf Breeze.
200 of those still have water inside or are isolated by high water.
The water is being pumped out at two thousand gallons an hour.
The city employees who installed the pumps say it will take about a week for this water to be out of their neighborhood.
But that's still not fast enough for residents who say city leaders are not doing enough to fix the drainage issues in Gulf Breeze.
"The city upgraded their drainage system and redirected the water flow and I believe this was the test and the test didn't work."
"The infrastructure is just not being looked at, it is not working."
In addition to the homes damaged in Santa Rosa County there are 32 businesses with "major" damage.
Three are inaccessible.
The FEMA Assessment Team has already been through Escambia and Santa Rosa.
They will be in Okaloosa County today.
The county will release its latest estimate of storm damage after the assessment is complete.