BROOKSVILLE — As damage assessment teams begin to scour Hernando County, officials are urging businesses and homeowners to report any damage caused by Tropical Storm Debby.
The amount of damage is vital to determining whether the county will receive federal aid.
The initial number of damaged homes and businesses has been low, the county reported Wednesday, with few businesses notifying officials about possible losses.
"While the low volume of damage reports may be a good sign, we are concerned that many businesses have suffered a loss and do not realize that it needs to be reported," according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office. "This information is vital as damage assessment teams are currently on the ground in Hernando County evaluating the aftermath."
As of Wednesday afternoon, damage assessment teams had gone to about 50 locations and completed 25 assessments. Only nine of the homes had water intrusion.
That number is expected to grow.
Residents and business owners can report damage to the Hernando County Emergency Operations Center at (352) 754-4083.
Danny Valentine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1432.