Fort Myers, Fla. ( Associated Press) — With the death toll from Hurricane Ian rising in Florida and the Carolinas and power cuts for hundreds of thousands, federal officials on Sunday pledged to deliver an unprecedented amount of disaster aid as first responders continued to scramble for flooding. To rescue people trapped in water.
Days after Ian passed through central Florida and left behind a trail of destruction that spread across the Carolinas, water levels were still rising in some areas, flooding homes and streets that weren’t so bad just a year or two ago. Were.
Among the scattered branches on the grounds of St. Hillary’s Episcopal Church in Fort Myers, the Rev. Charles Canon acknowledged much of the loss during his Sunday sermon, but also gave thanks for what was left. It includes stained glass windows and the bell tower of the church.
“People think they’ve lost everything, but if you haven’t lost yourself you haven’t lost everything,” he declared.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Dean Criswell said the federal government was ready to do a great deal of help while focusing on victims in Florida, which suffered the brunt of one of the most powerful hurricanes ever. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit the state on Wednesday.
Flooded roads and broken bridges leading to the islands have left many people isolated, amid limited cell phone service and a lack of basic services such as water, electricity and the Internet. And officials warned that the situation is not expected to improve for several days in many areas because the rain that has fallen is nowhere to be found, as waterways are overflowing.
About 850,000 homes and businesses had no electricity on Sunday, after the number rose to 2.67 million.