Migrants rebuilding Florida after Hurricane Ian face a new battle with Julia

The devastation caused by Hurricane Ian across Florida has prompted many immigrants to take action and help rebuild damaged parts of the state. However, they now face an emotional challenge as weather forecasters announced Saturday that Tropical Storm Julia will strengthen into a hurricane and hit parts of Central America where some of these immigrants originally came from.

A number of immigrants came to Florida from New York, Louisiana, Houston and Dallas to help repair the damage left by Hurricane Ian, CNN reported Friday, citing Saket Soni, executive director of the nonprofit Resilience Force, which advocates for workers who are doing this to help respond to natural disasters in America.

Soni added that the group consists of many undocumented immigrants who are traveling across the country as they prepare to help repair and clean up areas following a natural disaster.

“What you have now are basically immigrants who are sort of like traveling white blood cells of America that gather after hurricanes to heal one place and then move on to heal the next place,” Soni said, according to CNN. “Many who traveled in the opposite direction weeks ago are now traveling to Florida to help rebuild.”

Migrants are rebuilding Florida after Hurricane Ian
Above, construction crews work in Florida on October 5 to make temporary repairs to a bridge on Matlacha Island. The devastation of the state by Hurricane Ian prompted many migrants to take action and rebuild the state.
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Hundreds of immigrant workers, including half from out of state, came to Fort Myers, which suffered extreme flooding from the hurricane, to help repair damage caused by Hurricane Ian, Soni said.

They came to repair damage in the city, which is in a state whose Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will use “every cent” from a $12 million state budget to help migrants in a public week ago to relocate a demonstration from Florida to do so, making a point about the Biden administration’s alleged abuse of illegal immigration. Last month, DeSantis helped fly 50 Florida immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, the wives of Fort Myers roofers, painters and electricians, among other workers who are mostly Guatemalan and Mexican, distributed food to those who have suffered from the floods Sun Guardian. Other volunteers also distributed canned goods and clothing.

According to the newspaper, workers will make repairs to destroyed homes, which include clearing debris from lawns, repairing roofs and painting, even if they don’t have the resources to rebuild their own homes.

Furthermore, not only will the voluntary immigrants struggle with government support to repair their homes due to their illegal status in the country, but they could also brace for a possible emotional toll as Tropical Storm Julia hits parts of their homelands.

Preparing for a new fight with “Julia”

This was announced by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). updated weather notice posted on Twitter on Saturday that Tropical Storm Julia will intensify into a hurricane.

The NHC said a hurricane warning was in effect for parts of Nicaragua’s coast and the islands of San Andres and Providencia.

“Hurricane force winds and a dangerous storm surge are expected in areas where the core of the system crosses the islands later in the day and moves ashore in Nicaragua early Sunday morning,” the NHC said in the weather report update.

Julia will cause rain accumulations of between 2 and 12 inches in some areas of Central America, according to the Miami Herald.

“Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are expected in parts of Central America this weekend. Flash flooding is possible on the Tehuantepec Isthmus of Mexico early next week,” the NHC said Saturday, adding in a separate tweet, “Flash flooding and mudslides possible from heavy rains over Central America through weekend.”

According to the NHC, there is an increasing likelihood that Julia could still remain a tropical storm as it moves across Central America. Tropical storm warnings and warnings have already been issued along the Pacific coasts of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Julia left Colombia on Friday as it headed towards the Caribbean Sea in winds of 40 miles per hour, according to the Miami Herald.

news week has reached out to Resilience Force for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/migrants-rebuilding-florida-after-hurricane-ian-face-new-battle-julia-1750141 Migrants rebuilding Florida after Hurricane Ian face a new battle with Julia

Rick Schindler

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