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Democrat Andrea Kale challenges Greg Steube for US Home District 17

NORTH PORT— Democrat Andrea Kale already confronted an uphill battle in her bid to unseat incumbent Republican Greg Steube because the District 17 consultant within the US Home, earlier than Hurricane Ian swept throughout Florida in late September, flooding North Port in its wake.

Now she additionally confronts main harm to her south Sarasota County dwelling.

Kale had not too long ago accomplished a couple of small renovations on her Houston Lane property in central North Port in late summer season however now could be attainable whole rebuilding undertaking.

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The Class 4 hurricane brought on each wind harm and flooding in Kale’s neighborhood, she mentioned.

“I misplaced energy round 1:30 that afternoon. I went and switched off {the electrical} breakers not lengthy after that and the canines and I hunkered down in the midst of the lounge,” she mentioned.

Andrea Kale, candidate for Florida's 17th Congressional District

Kale, alongside together with her canines Jeter and Dallas, rode out the storm however her dwelling sustained harm from a tree that fell onto the single-story dwelling, leaving three holes within the roof, and duct work for the house’s heating and cooling system was mangled from the tree’s weight.

“There was water all over the place,” Kale mentioned. “I purchased flood insurance coverage about two years after I bought the house. I used to be involved about flooding then, and despite the fact that I am not in a flood zone I obtained it anyway.”

A bedroom in the home of Andrea Kale with its flooring and insulation removed for mold assessments and drying following an oak tree falling into the home during Hurricane Ian.

On Oct. 17, Kale arrived again in Sarasota County to start coping with insurance coverage points and repairs after being displaced in Clearwater for the reason that starting of the month. Her marketing campaign for the US Home, she mentioned, remains to be her high precedence, now that she has relocated into a brief dwelling in Englewood.

“It has been very exhausting. Insurance coverage hasn’t settled out with me but and I’ve not been on the bottom campaigning… I used to be feeling actually good earlier than the storm. I used to be door-knocking proper up till the hurricane,” Kale mentioned.

Kale mentioned insurance coverage will present the wanted funds to rebuild and restore her life, she mentioned. However she added she is aware of for a lot of of Florida’s seventeenth District residents that will not be the case. A minimum of a dozen residents have reached out to her, Kale says, with issues about funding for repairs and losses. Many Kale residents have spoken to don’t personal the property they occupy.

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