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 are minimal.
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, you can visit a full article posted by TCPalm 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. Contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC and our Stuart hurricane damage claims attorneys today for a free initial consultation.