flood recovery

New Manna Home
2:17 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Manna Food Pantries Gets Closer To A New Home

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

  Manna Food Pantries has taken the next step in finding a new permanent home.

If you stopped by Manna's long time location in Pensacola, you'd see the non-profit operating out of a few construction trailers in front of its warehouse. But that may soon be changing. De De Flounlacker, the Executive director of Manna Food Pantries, says the food bank has closed on a 4.5 acre parcel of land  at the site of the former Escambia County School District textbook depot between N. Hayne Street and N. Tarragona Street in Pensacola.

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BRACE Flood Survey
4:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Still Need Flood Recovery Help? BRACE Wants To Know!

Credit World Renew

It's been four months since the floods and there are still people in the region looking for help to recover. BRACE, the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies is hosting a national disaster recovery group to help find some of those people. Greg Strader is the Executive Director of BRACE says many of the people who still need help are living in low income housing and may not have been aware of the assistance available.

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Manna Resumes Service
6:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Manna Food Pantries Resumes Service Next Week

Food is ready for distribution at the Manna Food Pantries warehouse. The building was under 5 feet of water in April, destroying most of Manna's inventory.
Credit Bob Barrett

  Three months after losing its building and most of its inventory to April's flood Manna Food Pantries is set to resume service later this month.  Dee Dee Flounlacker, Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries announced that service will resume on Monday, July 28 just a few days short of the three month anniversary of the flood.

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SBA Flood Assistance
4:15 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Deadline Looms For Flood Assistance

A local gym flooded and damaged from April's weather.
Credit Lindsay Myers

Time is running out for residents in northwest Florida affected by storms and flooding to apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency: tshe deadline to register is Monday, July 7.

Survivors in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Jackson, Okaloosa and Walton counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance that may include money to help pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs or other serious disaster-related expenses.

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New Manna Home?
5:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Deal In The Works For A New Manna Food Pantry Home

The Manna headquarters on Gonzales Street in Pensacola days after the flood in April, 2014.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Manna Food Pantries and the Escambia County School District are working on a deal to move the non-profit onto the site of an abandoned school. The property is the site of the former J. Lee Pickens School on Hayne Street in Pensacola which has been vacant for 20 years. Dee Dee Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries says the deal is just for the land, not the building which was demolished last month.

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Flood Recovery
3:07 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Bridge Loans Available For Flooded Businesses

Credit buysourceone.com

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by Gov. Rick Scott. The program is a source of practical cash flow to small businesses in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties, which were affected by last month’s severe flooding.

Escambia County building inspectors report about 160 businesses in unincorporated areas have flood damage, 83 of which are major. Businesses in Pensacola have $6 million in damages, while 23 businesses in Santa Rosa County were hit.

But just what is a bridge loan?

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Minor League Charities
12:29 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Baseball Charity Offers $10,000 To A Local Non-Profit

Credit Minor League Baseball

A national charitable group is making a $10,000 donation to a local non-profit and you get to help decide which one gets the windfall. 

Minor League Charities, a national cooperative effort of all minor league baseball teams across the country, is donating the money through the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.  Jonathon Griffith, Executive Vice President of the team said they decided to leave the choice of which non-profit gets the finds to the team's fans.

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Flood Recovery
10:22 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Flooded? Here's How To Get Help

Representatives from the Florida State Emergency Response Team conducted a meeting Tuesday for public assistance applicants where SERT and FEMA reps outlined the available assistance and the eligibility standards.

Steve Hyatt, the Public Assistance Officer for the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Bureau of Recovery, spoke at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center. There to listen were people representing the local governments and various non-profits that took hits in last month’s storms and flooding.

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Gulf Breeze Task Force
1:49 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Gulf Breeze Creating A Storm Water Task Force

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Gulf Breeze City Manager Buz Eddy and other officials in the city were a little nervous this week. Thunderstorms were predicted to dumps several inches of rain onto an already saturated community. Eddy said "we were on the edge of our seats for awhile, but it wasn't enough to cause any problems".  Still, a high water table and some areas still with standing water had the city preparing for the worst. And preparation is a hot topic in Gulf Breeze. The city has announced the formation of a storm water task force.  

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Storm Debris Removal
2:38 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Escambia, Santa Rosa Tackling Post-Storm Debris

An Operation Blessing volunteer helps remove debris from flooding.
Credit Photo courtesy www.operationblessing.org

Dump trucks are making regular trips to and from landfills in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, discarding massive amounts of storm-related debris collected from area residences.

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority has about 20 crews out picking up the storm debris. As the flood waters in many areas began to recede, ECUA began their work on May 4 in the Bristol Park subdivision.

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