Hurricane Irma to cost Manatee Schools up to $1 million for cleanup

Hurricane Irma to cost Manatee Schools up to $1 million for cleanup

Friday, September 15, 2017

As many as 30,000 evacuees were sheltered at 24 schools in Manatee County during Hurricane Irma. The School District of Manatee County now expects to spend between $500,000 and $1 million in school repairs, clean-up, and restoration in the aftermath of the storm, according to the Bradenton Herald.

That cost includes $100,000 in unthawed frozen food in 12 public-school freezers due to the loss of electrical power. As of Tuesday, September 12, 11 schools were still without power, making the cleanup more challenging.

But despite those troubles, officials are grateful that the storm's toll wasn't worse. Todd Henson, director of maintenance operations for the Manatee School District, is quoted in the articles as saying, “I think Sheriff Wells coined the statement about us dodging a bullet and that is true. We feel for the folks in other counties. We dodged a huge bullet. We were spared.”