Column: California wildfires to Florida hurricanes, how the rich game climate change.
Fire Chief Greg Vanover told ABC7 that over the next few days, crews will be fighting wildfires in Southern California as crews from across the country work to try to save other homes from destruction.
Meanwhile, in Southern Florida, it has been raining and windy for the last few days. And that’s been complicating the massive government response to Hurricane Irma.
In Florida, the storm has caused some death and destruction.
On Wednesday, the governor said the death toll from Irma is 1,100.
Karen Freifeld, co-founder of the Tampa Bay Area Chapter of the Sierra Club, says that’s a small fraction of the total from the hurricane. She sees the real number as many times that, because Irma has displaced people in and around the Tampa Bay area and those who remain are struggling to get back to their own homes and businesses.
Freifeld says she’s been going to the area herself, making sure displaced families have everything they need to begin to rebuild, and helping them find jobs and housing.
The Sierra Club says while they’ve lost a number of homes, they’ve been able to help restore at least 13 homes to their pre-hurricane levels.
The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club estimates $13.5 million will go toward rebuilding the Tampa Bay area. They estimate the hurricane displaced 5,300 people.
And Karen Freifeld says the recovery efforts, which include working with the government to assess property damage, should be complete by April.
But, she says, the recovery efforts are not just for the hurricane’s victims. Residents of that area, she says the recovery efforts will take years to come.
Freifeld says the money is just one tool that the government and residents are using to help.
She says that residents have also been able to donate money to help those affected by Irma.
She says the money they’re using will help people rebuild what they’ve had destroyed by the hurricane.
Karen Freifeld says there will be some people who don’t get the help, and if homeowners aren’t taking the money away from them, they’ll be taking it away from others.
But she says that means they need more support from people