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More rain expected over weekend for neighborhood flooded by Irma

Cocoa neighbor worries, volunteers continue helping with recovery efforts

COCOA, Fla. – About 400 volunteers in Brevard County after Hurricane Irma have completed over 1,000 tarping and debris removal projects with hundreds more still to be done. 

Now, with a new tropical system threatening this weekend, Keith Heinly with the United Way of Brevard is expecting remaining work to grow even larger.

"I'm certainly concerned about that," Heinly told News 6 Friday at the Disaster Recovery Center on Lake Drive in Cocoa. "That's going to be a real challenge for this week because I understand it's going to be raining for quite a few days now."

Heinly and the Brevard County United Way requested 1,500 blue tarps, which News 6 was shown Friday at the Space Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross in Rockledge.

Team Rubicon, a group affiliated with veterans and first responders, is helping distribute them.

Mayor Dave Berkman is taking 75 to Indialantic.

"I'll make them available tonight to people and we very much appreciate it," Berkman told News 6.

Tarps are also going to victims such as Winston Duquesnay.

He lives on Stratford Drive in Cocoa. The road was under water back on Sept. 11 after Hurricane Irma swept through.

"The water was very high around the house," Duquesnay said.

Nearly three weeks later, tarps cover part of Duquesnay's house and a few of his neighbors' homes.

Duquesnay told News 6 he's worrying again that more damage might be brought by the weather this weekend.

"I don't know how much more we can take with the water," he said.

"Hopefully, we're prepared. There might be a little bit of drainage problems there," Berkman said.

The Disaster Recovery Center in Cocoa is open through at least Sunday, the United Way told News 6.
 


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