- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State officials say teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are starting to assess damage caused by Hurricane Matthew across northeast Florida.

According to a news release from the State Emergency Response Team, the FEMA crews hit the ground Tuesday to pinpoint damage caused by the storm in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns and Flagler counties.

The mission is to help identify areas where Preliminary Damage Assessment teams will be needed. Their goal is to further document the extent of hurricane damage.

Officials say that while the teams will visit, inspect and document damage, they won’t be visiting every home or business.

They say residents and businesses don’t have to wait to find out if federal assistance is available to begin cleanup. They recommend keeping repair receipts and document your damage.

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