The City Council approved the Coastal Storm Risk Management Project, a large-scale series of flood mitigation projects over the next 10 years — at a cost of more than $2 billion.
After the attack, the staff at Johnson Memorial suddenly had to revert to low-tech ways of patient care. They relied on pen and paper for medical records and notes, and sent runners between departments to take orders and deliver test results.
The AM for Every Vehicle Act would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate that new vehicles include AM radio at no extra cost.
Because the town was not officially in a flood zone, few had flood insurance. Because the town was poor, even fewer had the capital to rebuild. And because so many were undocumented, few were eligible for much money from FEMA.
Walker was shot twice in the chest, with one of the bullets hitting him close to the heart, and one in the shoulder. Doctors operated on him to remove bullet fragments but had to leave some in his body.
According to FEMA, 143 households in Seminole, Orange, Osceola and Lake counties are still in housing provided by the agency’s Transitional Shelter Assistance program.
The benefits, provided through the Disaster CalFresh food program, are available to those who lived or worked in the affected counties from Feb. 21 to March 22, when the region was hit with torrential rain.
Brian Ferguson, a spokesperson for the state’s Office of Emergency Services, encourages people and families affected by the storms to apply for government-sponsored aid — even if they are concerned about their immigration status.
"They're managing very well under the circumstances. They obviously had roof and water damages that they continue to work on. Their private sector partners have been on the ground 24-7 as well."
For the 55 days until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took over, there was a near-constant state of confusion over who was — or who should have been — in charge of fighting the fire, and who would pay to put it out.