After Hurricane Irma ripped up homes, damaged businesses and flooded roads throughout Southwest Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday that he was going to help all Floridians.
And that could include undocumented immigrants.
“My goal is everybody in our state, we are doing anything we can to take care of them,” said Scott when asked whether assistance would be provided to undocumented immigrants.
“We are going to do anything we can to make sure people have food and water. We are going to make sure we get everybody’s electricity back on. We are going to do anything we can to help everybody in our state,” said Scott.
A speculated 2018 candidate for U.S. Senate, Scott broke with President Donald Trump last week when he urged him to not rescind former President Barack Obama’s executive action that protected from deportation immigrants brought into this country illegally when they were children.
Scott was in Immokalee — a community with high percentage of undocumented immigrants — to tour Immokalee High School, which was opened as a shelter for those seeking refuge from the storm. Afterward, he went to tour some damaged neighborhoods.
Immokalee was one of the hardest-hit areas by Hurricane Irma, leaving many trailers with roofs and walls ripped off, extensive flooding and power lines down throughout the town.
The Immokalee Fire Control District has been going non-stop to assess damage, clear roads and run emergency calls but it’s low on fuel, with estimated reserves to operate for two to three days.
Scott said there’s fuel currently in reserve at ports that went out Monday.
In addition, he said he was working to get Port Everglades and Port Tampa opened as soon as possible so that more gas can be delivered.
“We’ve got tankers waiting to come in so we are working with the Corp of Engineers to get those ports open and we are doing law enforcement escorts for the carriers to get fuel back to the gas stations,” he said.
At the press conference, Scott also urge people who had evacuated to not return home until their neighborhoods are safe, especially in very badly damaged areas like Key West.
“Everybody likes to go home, right? We all do, but you’ve got to… do it safely. Do you have power? Are your roads passable yet? Are there down powerlines, so we’ve got to be really cautious right now,” said Scott.
The state is inspecting the Florida Key’s bridges to make sure they are safe, Scott said.
Lisa and David Nagel drove 1,800 miles from Minnesota to Naples to share donated food, water, fuel and other supplies to residents of mobile home communities ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Shelby Reynolds/Naples Daily News
Dave Osborn gives the latest updates on fuel, power and restaurants in Naples. Jamie Stoddard/Naples Daily News
A mobile home inside San Marino mobile home community in North Naples had its roof torn off during Hurricane Irma. Neighbors say the residents have been out of state during the summer, but that they know the state of their home. Shelby Reynolds/Naples Daily News
Watch a Facebook Live recording of President Donald J. Trump in Naples, Florida.
FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistant Crew Lead Mickey Stillwagon answers questions while helping area residents at the Naples Estates mobile home community Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Naples. Luke Franke/Naples Daily News
President Trump arrives at a Naples mobile home community damaged by the storm on Sept. 14, 2017.
A first look at the Citrus Park neighborhood in Bonita Springs after Hurricane Irma passed through Florida three days ago. Nicole Raucheisen/Naples Daily News
Island Park Road, the main thoroughfare in and out of the Island Park community, is still flooded days after Hurricane Irma Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 in Fort Myers. Luke Franke/Naples Daily News
Three days ago Marco Island was silent, dark and residents needed a kayak or canoe to travel down some of the streets. Now, the sound of chainsaws echoes across the island, lights are starting to flicker on and cars can be seen driving all around the city or lined up to get gas. In other words, Marco Island is recovering. Lisa Conley/Naples Daily News
Scott toured Black Creek by boat after several people were rescued from a flash flood. Arek Sarkissian/Naples
Here is an update on fuel, power and open restaurants in this Facebook Live recording on Sept. 13.
Watch a video of Harry Chapin in Southwest Florida hand out food to residents.
Watch a Sept 12 Facebook Live recording of a flooded neighborhood near Bonita Beach Road and Imperial Parkway in Bonita Springs, Florida, after Hurricane Irma.
Drone video shows hurricane Irma's damage to Goodland, a small community along the water in Southwest Florida. USA TODAY NETWORK
Hurricane Irma destroyed parts of Chokoloskee, a small town near Everglades City, Fla., leaving knee high water and thick grey mud. Helicopters were flying overhead on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Luke Franke/Naples Daily News
The scene in Chokoloskee, a small town near Everglades City, Fla., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma. Luke Franke/Naples Daily News
The residents who live along Black Creek in Middleburg, Florida are used to some flooding, but have not seen anything like this. Hurricane Irma caused historic flooding at Black Creek forcing more than 100 residents from their homes. Kelly Jordan, USA TODAY
Everglades City Mayor Howie Grimm on Hurricane Irma recovery.
A Collier County sheriff's deputy is directing traffic away from the Wawa at Livingston and Radio Roads, saying the station has no gas and is closed. Yellow caution tape blocks the entrances to the station.
The Publix at Marketplace at Pelican Bay on Tamiami Trail was open on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Jamie Stoddard/Naples Daily News
Watch a video recording of a Facebook Live. Florida Gov. Rick Scott gave a briefing from the state Emergency Operations Center on Sept. 12, 2017. Tim Tebow was with the governor.
Flooded streets and ripped roofs can be seen above the Holiday Manor neighborhood in East Naples following Hurricane Irma. USA TODAY NETWORK
Gov. Rick Scott was in Immokalee to tour Immokalee High School, which was opened as a shelter for those seeking refuge from the storm. Ashley Collins/Naples Daily News
Gordon Drive just south of 15th Avenue South in Naples was blocked by tree branches Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Patrick Riley/Naples Daily News
Watch video of the flooding on Golden Gate Parkway in Golden Gate on Sept. 11, 2017. (Video: Ryan Mills)
This is the view on County Road 29 driving into Everglades City in Collier County on Sept. 11, 2017. Katie Klann/ Naples Daily News
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he flew over the Keys Monday and saw a lot of flood damage and boats that had washed ashore. He said there is "devastation" and hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Irma. (Sept. 11) AP
Watch a time lapse of Capri Boulevard on Isles of Capri on Sept. 11, 2017. (Video: Ryan Mills)
Dwight Brown and Dalton Daffin walk through a condominium complex in Everglades City on Sept. 11 after Hurricane Irma hits the area. (Video: Katie Klann) Katie Klann/ Naples Daily News
View at the corner of Oakes Boulevard and Spanish Oaks Lane is flooded. Shelby Reynolds/ Naples Daily News
See homes off of Mamie Street in Chokoloskee on Sept. 11, 2017. Katie Klann/ Naples Daily News
See the damage at a Mobil at Airport-Pulling and Immokalee roads in Naples. Shelby Reynolds/ Naples Daily News
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