Aboard a Humvee, Pasco County officials tour the areas left damaged from Hurricane Hermine.
“This is the end of the house,” says Jerrold Mace, who lives on Bass Lake.
Mace had water nearly 2 feet high on his property.
“The lake is supposed to be out there. We have water around our property now instead of waterfront property,” says Mace.
The water thankfully spared his home but he knows his neighbors have it much worse. Pasco County had more than 1,000 homes impacted by the storm.
“This is why damage assessment is so important and why it took 3 days. We want to make sure we don’t miss anything. This was out failure point last year,” says Kevin Guthrie, emergency manager for Pasco County.
Guthrie says this is what went wrong last year. He was not here last year. He says officials did not document the damage well and he fears that’s why the county was denied federal assistance.
“Some damage assessments didn’t get done until 2-3 weeks later,” says Guthrie.
A 30-plus member team of county employees and building inspectors are inspecting homes flooded in west Pasco County.
Ninety percent of the damage in Pasco County appears to be due to floodwater.
A preliminary damage assessment was completed on Monday and Pasco emergency managers have documented more than 1,000 homes and properties impacted by the storm.
Current impact: 322 affected homes, 197 with minor damage, 297 major damage, and 9 destroyed.