Hurricane Jeanne Blasts Florida, Again!

By , October 1, 2004

For the fourth time in 6 weeks Florida endures another category 3 hurricane. Hurricane Jeanne gained strength as she crossed the Bahamas and headed directly for the east coast of the Florida peninsula. As Sunday morning dawned, Florida was receiving another pounding from this latest tropical weather maker.
Residents along the coast and inland were braced for the onslaught as Jeanne wrecked havoc along a similar path as Hurricane Frances and dissecting the path of Hurricane Charley. Damaged houses and buildings from the other storms received further damage or were completely destroyed. Other structures received damage for the first time and still other structures were finished off by Jeanne’s ferocity.

Hundreds of families are without food, water and may be without power for another 3 to 4 weeks. Clean up from the storms are going slow because there has not been enough time to recover before getting hit again. Every resource is spread extremely thin throughout Florida.

Damage estimates from Hurricane Jeanne for insured losses have been placed at 6 to 7 billion dollars. However, the actual cost of recovery could top $20 billion according to the state. In the aftermath of Hurricane Jeanne, thousands are left with little more than the clothes are their back. Hundreds have lost their jobs or have been out of work for the past 6 weeks.

Emotions and anxiety are running high among the survivors. For most of the residents of Florida Jeanne represented the last straw. Many survivors are unsure of their future and face difficult decisions about rebuilding or relocating.

Churches and businesses are taking great financial losses as well as the structural losses. Not being able to open because of damage to property, many businesses will be permanently lost. Churches are facing a similar fate.

In the face of this continued disaster, Operation Compassion is responding to man of the needs of the survivors. Operation Compassion has had a presence throughout the state of Florida since August 3rd and will continue as long as is necessary. While most residents no longer need food, bottled water and disaster supplies, many are still in need. Some are ready for rebuilding and repair and are in need of these building supplies.

Regardless of the need, Operation Compassion is planning to supply as many needs as possible with the resources available. After all, this is what Operation Compassion is all about – helping those caught in catastrophic circumstances!

Please send your donations to or contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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