Hurricane Matthew will cost Indian River Co. at least $15M

Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 06:05:27-04

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. -- Indian River County officials say Hurricane Matthew will cost them at least $15 million.

Most of that, $12.9 million so far, is in damage done to the shoreline.

Indian River County Administrator Jason Brown says they are meeting with FEMA officials this week to see what kind of help is available.

The county has 22 miles of coastline.

Nearly 16 miles of it was classified as “critically eroded” even before Hurricane Matthew.

“Our beaches very important  to us.  Tourism is one of our mainstay industries and they received a significant hit there,” Brown said.

More than 1.9 million people visit Indian River County beaches each year.

Starting Thursday the county will be making special hurricane debris pickups.