Local Hurricane Damage Tops $10 Million; Figure Expected to Increase

Hurricane damage tops $10 million; figure expected to increase Bay County officials estimated storm damage to private property from Hurricane Dennis at more than $10 million Monday, and costs are only expected to rise as reports are finalized this week.

Bay County building inspection staff spent Monday morning assessing damage in Cedar Grove, Panama City, Parker, Springfield and unincorporated Bay County. Initial estimates in these areas on Monday totaled $10,253,500. This figure does not include damage assessments for Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Callaway and Mexico Beach or estimated costs for beach erosion.

While there was little damage to County infrastructure, the M.B. Miller pier sustained structural damage and beach accesses were hard hit. Twenty of 43 beach access points sustained some level of damage, said Bay County Leisure Services Director Steve Moore, and the beach area at Lake Powell suffered significant erosion.

In other news:

Bay County has opened two citizen service centers for residents wishing to dispose of storm-related yard debris. Residents may take limbs and other vegetative debris to the Steelfield Landfill located at 11441 Landfill Road or to the former Panama City Transfer Station site located at 1690 Bay Avenue off of 15th Street in Panama City. The Service Centers will be open daily 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, July 16, 2005.

These service centers will only accept storm-related vegetative debris. No construction and demolition materials or appliances will be accepted.

The Bay County Builders’ Services Division will not require permits or inspections for homeowners replacing drywall or insulation damaged in flooding due to Hurricane Dennis. However, if damaged electrical wiring is being replaced, a minimal permitting fee and one-time inspection will apply. For more information, contact the Builders’ Services Division at 784-4032.