FLORIDA — When the Florida hurricane shut down the local water supply, it left people scrambling to find safe water supplies for their homes and businesses.
The storm has left many Floridians with little choice but to ration water and cut back on drinking water.
The shortage has caused flooding, power outages and a shortage of food, the governor said.
Rick Scott said on Thursday the state’s water supply has been shut down because of Hurricane Irma.
The governor said the state was able to supply most people and businesses in the state with safe water in the form of Lake Okeechobee and the Okeena Lake, both of which are on the Gulf Coast.
We have been able to get our people back into business, Scott said at a press conference.
But the storm has affected a lot of Floridian businesses.
Some businesses, such as the state health department and the State Fair, were not able to reopen, according to the Florida Department of Health.
In addition, the state has suspended some state government functions, such to issuing permits and collecting taxes, the Governor said.
Scott said his administration has begun a public outreach effort to get Floridans to conserve water and to conserve food.
He urged Floridios to do the same.
He said the government will not be able to provide free water and food to all residents because the state does not have enough supply to meet all needs.
Scott also said that the state will be working to restore power to all businesses by the end of the week.
Scott said residents will be able visit the Department of Emergency Management website and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website to check on their water, sewage and storm water needs.