PALM COAST, Fla. -- The city of Palm Coast has declared a state of local emergency two days after an EF-1 tornado destroyed several homes.
Mayor Jon Netts made the announcement Monday as the community tries to clean up the mess left behind.
Netts said declaring a state of local emergency allows the city to apply for state and federal assistance.
"Just to make this process as painless as possible. It's bad enough that's it's happened, now we want to make the follow-up, the cleanup, the repair, the rehabilitation as easy for our residents as possible," said Netts.
The city will be sending garbage trucks to pick up debris in affected areas daily.
Altogether, 171 homes were damaged and about seven where destroyed. The estimated cost of all the damage is more than $5 million.
Don Corclran spent Monday morning making phone calls and showing insurance adjusters the destruction the tornado caused to his home on Fariston Place.
"Just waiting to see what we can do about the damages we have," said Corclran.
The storm left Corclran with ripped-up screens, a damaged roof and a mangled fence. His next-door neighbor's home is considered unlivable.
"It's all fixable, we're all safe. That's what counts," said Corclran.
Roofers and cleanup crews were spotted in each of the three affected neighborhoods. Local and state inspectors were also on hand.
According to Fire Chief Mike Beadle, leaders are making sure whoever is repairing damaged homes is not ripping off homeowners.
"We have inspectors, building inspectors, in the field, as well as investigators from the state. They're going around checking the contractors, ensuring that they are licensed and have the proper insurance," said Beadle.
So far, four companies have been told to leave the affected areas for not having the proper documentation.
Beadle said the city will likely condemn about a dozen homes due to the extensive damage.
If you want to donate to help the victims, call Flagler County Volunteer Services at 386-597-2950.