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Mold, mildew still major concerns following Hurricane Irma

People in one Fort Pierce community are still dealing with mold and mildew left behind from Hurricane Irma. (WPEC)

Many areas across out state are still struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Irma. People in one Fort Pierce community are still dealing with mold and mildew left behind. They say help can’t come fast enough.

“You can see the mold and the mildew up the walls. You can see it growing,” said Jacqueline White.

White refuses to live in her home right now.

“From the hurricane, we have a ceiling that fell in. On top that, we have floors that are caving in from the water damage,” White said.

She said she has a family she is concerned about.

“I have three boys: 15, nine and four. They're all sick. My husband’s sick. He's coughing up blood from the mold and the mildew,” White said.

Tricia Herrick lives in Fort Pierce and is having a similar issue.

“The water got all underneath the shingles, so I got water damage all in the bathroom,” Herrick said. “I have black mold growing in my bathroom now. It's in a couple areas where the water had leaked."

However, she said she was lucky to not have more damage.

“We had a couple trailers that had the roof rip open like a tuna can. It was really bad,” Herrick said.

Herrick contacted FEMA and is waiting to hear back. White already had a FEMA inspector come to her home, but now, she has to file for an appeal.

“It's horrible that I got denied because the inspector said I had insurance when I clearly told him I didn't,” White said.

She said since her home is so old, she could never get anyone to insure it. She went to the Disaster Assistance Center in Fort Pierce for help.

The center was open for three days from Tuesday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you didn’t make it, you can still get help from FEMA. Workers say you just need to register first.

To apply for assistance, go to www.fema.gov/apply-assistance or call 1 (800) 621-3362. You can also download the FEMA app on your smartphone for assistance.

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