September 12, 2017 5:11 pm

Canadian snowbirds say reports of damage to Florida properties ‘very positive so far’

Canadians are beginning to pick up the pieces as they discover how their Florida homes fared in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Steve Silva has their stories.


The Canadian Snowbird Association is getting early indications from members regarding the impacts on their Florida properties due to Hurricane Irma.

“Most people are saying they didn’t receive very, very much, if any, damage, so it’s very positive so far,” Ron Steeves, a vice president for the organization, said in Fredericton on Tuesday.

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His own home in Clearwater suffered some wind damage; the full extent of which is not yet known, but pictures show damage to his gutters, and carport.

“It’ll need some work,” Steeves added.

The organization has recommended members take lots of photos of the damage to their homes to then send to their respective insurance companies.

Jack Steeves, who lives in Moncton and owns a trailer in Fort Myers, said he was keeping updated on the storm for most of the weekend on TV and is feeling lucky.

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“It was supposed to devastate our area, and at the last minute made a turn and spared us,” he said.

Jack Steeves said that the experience has made him want to explore fastening the trailer to make it more stable.

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