Across District 15 are in the process cleaning up, making repairs and trying to bring their lives back to order after Hurricane Irma.
We are still inundated with debris and waiting for roofers, tree contractors and others to fit us in their very busy schedules. In Polk County alone, more than 18,000 structures were damaged. It is beginning to dawn on the people of District 15 and across the state that we will be dealing with the damage of Hurricane Irma left for quite awhile.
Besides the damage that we experienced personally, Hurricane Irma strained out state’s infrastructure to its limits. Years of de-regulation and over-growth has left our state vulnerable. Since Hurricane Irma swept through there are sinkholes opening across Central Florida, there is a bridge in Merritt Island nearing collapse and wastewater has contaminated several areas of the state.
We must not be lured back into complacency once our roofs are repaired and the debris is removed. Our leaders at the local state and federal level need to work to identify the weaknesses in our infrastructure and put in a place a plan to resolve the issues that they find. Repairing and modernizing our infrastructure will also bring us much-needed jobs.This will be a difficult and expensive task but it is necessary to protect our state and its people. We also need to implement a plan to address rising sea levels along all of the coasts of Florida.
As your Congressman, I will fight to repair and modernize District 15 and the rest of Florida’s infrastructure. We can no longer afford to be ignored.
I need your help. Please donate to the Greg Pilkington for Congress campaign today.