Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY Florida (WMBB) – On Thursday, Panama City created a recreation of Hurricane Michael. While this is a day many would never want to relive, the city is working hard to prove that the damage to the electrical room was caused by the storm.
NOVA Engineering vice president Jim Keeny said the test was based on data from the storm.
“To do this we had to do a lot of research with NOAA and got a sustained wind of 42 mph to 98 mph with gusts of 127 mph,” Keeney said. .
Keeney said they held five sessions throughout the day. Each reproducing a time of the storm and its varying conditions.
“We split it into five one-hour sessions and over the one-hour sessions with the data we looked for, we determined what the wind speed and rain was during that time,” Keeney said. .
At present, FEMA estimates that the civic center is damaged by only 43% and that the repair cost would be $ 11 million. The city said it was 58% damaged and would cost $ 34 million to replace.
Panama City manager Mark McQueen said the goal of Thursday’s test was to prove the electronics were not just wet but soggy. The city paid $ 144,000 for the simulation.
“That’s an important point as we continue our negotiations with FEMA is to prove that all of these components need to be replaced, all of these electronic components need to be replaced,” McQueen said.
Representatives from FEMA, the city, and Congressman Neal Dunn’s office were there to watch. McQueen said the civic center is a critical part of the city’s recovery and that they will fight hard to bring it back.
“The arts in our community are so important to our quality of life and that’s what we strive to do is build back better for our citizens,” said McQueen.
After the test is complete, it will take about two weeks to get the results.
The test is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday and the Panama City Marina boat launch will reopen on Friday.
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