Hurricane Hermine made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane approximately 148 miles north of Yankeetown , at 1:30 a.m. EDT Friday, September 2, 2016. Hermine was the state's first hurricane landfall since 2005.

The storm surge was predicted to reach 9 to 11 feet above MHW (mean high water) level.  Many homes on the west side of Yankeetown sustained heavy flood damage leaving some uninhabital for months and some damage beyond repair.


Residents of Levy County that were affected by Hurricane Hermine can still apply for disaster assistance until Monday November 28th.

Below is a copy of the news release with instructions on how to contact FEMA to apply for disaster.

Residents can contact the Levy County Department of Emergency Management if they have any questions or concerns.


November 14, 2016
DR-4280-FL NR 026
State News Desk: (850) 921-0217
FEMA News Desk: (202) 322-6282

News Release

Hermine Survivors: Assistance Still Available, 14 Days Left to Register for Federal Disaster Aid

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Survivors rebuilding their lives from Hurricane Hermine have 14 days left to register for federal disaster assistance. The storm caused widespread damage along Florida’s western coastline, and the State of Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continue to support individual and family recovery efforts.

Individuals who have underinsured or uninsured damages or losses from Hurricane Hermine and who live in the 11 eligible counties still have until Monday, Nov. 28, to register for FEMA assistance. The counties included in the federal disaster declaration are Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Taylor and Wakulla.

Register online at or by calling 800-621-3362, which is Video Relay Service (VRS) accessible. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking may call

TTY 800-462-7585. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

Don’t wait to register. Applying for federal disaster assistance now may help if you still have unmet needs after receiving your insurance payment. While FEMA cannot duplicate assistance covered by insurance, you may still be eligible for assistance for losses not covered by insurance. The maximum amount of assistance FEMA can legally provide is limited. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid, are nontaxable and do not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

Make sure to complete and return the SBA loan application if you receive one. There is no charge to apply for the loan and no obligation to accept it, if approved. Second to insurance, SBA low-interest disaster loans are the primary source of financial assistance to rebuild disaster-damaged private property for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofit organizations. A completed SBA loan application is also an important step in order to qualify for other state and FEMA grants that cover personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, moving and storage expenses and other help. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. If SBA does not offer a homeowner or renter a loan, they are referred to FEMA for possible additional grant consideration. Businesses and private nonprofit organizations can borrow up to $2 million for disaster-related losses.

For more information on Florida’s disaster recovery visit,,, and, or #FLRecovers.


FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing, or visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.


Declared: September 28, 2016
STATE: Florida
INCIDENT: Hurricane Hermine
INCIDENT PERIOD: August 31 to September 11, 2016
National FCO Program
  • INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE (Assistance to individuals and households): Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco,and Pinellas Counties.
  • PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement ofdisaster-damaged facilities):Citrus, Dixie, Franklin, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty,Madison, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties.
  • HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM (Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards):All areas in the State of Florida are eligible for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
  • OTHER: Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessment.