FEMA helps survey tornado damage in Iona



FEMA was in Iona on Wednesday, surveying damage from Sunday’s tornado. They mark buildings so people know to stay away because they are not safe.

WINK News follows law enforcement and Lee County Emergency Management from neighborhood to neighborhood to pick up debris and survey the damage.

Although debris was still piling up around them, spirits in 21st Century Mobile Home Park were as high as ever.

“Do you want a ride?? Go to the candy store. It was a nice ride,” Oliver and Lynn sing.

Oliver is a cockatoo. He and his owner Lynn survived the tornado. Their roof was almost completely blown off.

Lynn still didn’t let the smile leave her face despite the hurt.

While enjoying the joy and strength of Oliver and Lynn, WINK News followed Andres Artis with the FEMA damage assessment. Lee County Code Enforcement is escorting him.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is also located in 21st Century Mobile Home Park. Survey and help pick up what’s left.

Police Chief Carmine Marceno said: “Every national and federal agency has reached out at every level to help us.

FEMA will not allow WINK News to join them when they come to the home to survey the damage.

WINK News contacted the Iona Fire Department because of several signs on damaged homes. They said they were the ones who scored them.

The Iona Fire Department also explained that they are currently providing supplies to the Tropicana Mobile Home Community to help those affected there.

Thanks to the “positive response,” the fire department said it was also no longer accepting donations to help those affected by the tornado and thanked everyone who donated.

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