Hurricane Matthew battered Martin County, Florida, but with a little bit
of luck and a lot of disaster planning, residents made it through relatively
unscathed. Authorities have reported that no one suffered any serious
or fatal injuries due to the passing storm. When Hurricane Matthew was
at its peak, between 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM, there were no incoming emergency
calls, stated Fire Rescue Chief Bill Schobel.
Although meteorological records indicate that Hurricane Matthew hit Martin
County with gusts up to 80 miles per hour, the average sustained wind
speed was below 70 miles per hour. This created a maximum storm surge
of about 4 feet, paired with 3.75 inches of rain. All in all, it was not
enough to cause prolonged and widespread flooding.
Back in 2004 and 2005, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne taught the residents
of Martin County difficult but important lessons on hurricane safety and
preparation. After floodwater lingered in the streets and in homes and
businesses for days at a time, Martin County improved its storm drainage
systems and reinforced its treatment facilities. 12 years later, when
Hurricane Matthew came to the region, residents saw firsthand that their
invested tax dollars were well-placed, for storm surge water was rerouted
efficiently. No one has reported major flood damage so far; all reports
Most of the storm’s wrath affected power utilities. Numerous streets
still need maintenance and streetlights are operating on a “four-way
stop” emergency protocol. Please remember to drive with caution
and never to enter any floodwaters, if you should come across some. However,
water and sewer utilities remained largely unaffected due to the improved
treatment facilities. Still, if you live right along the Atlantic –
Hutchinson Island South, for example – authorities are recommending
that residents boil their water before use, at least for a few days.
For more information about how Martin County fared after Hurricane Matthew,
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here. If your property has suffered some
hurricane damage, possibly from thrown debris or flooding to cellars, you may need a lawyer’s
help to create a valid claim.
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