In Florida, Families Are Still Sleeping In Tents 5-Weeks After Hurricane Michael

"It's been more than five weeks since Hurricane Michael slammed the Florida Panhandle. But in Panama City, there are still giant piles of debris and families are left sleeping in tents."Screengrab/CBS Evening News/YouTube

Hurricane Michael hit Florida more than five weeks ago, but thousands of people are still waiting for help from FEMA.

More than five weeks after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle, some people in the hardest hit areas — where winds reached 150 miles per hour — are still living under tarps and recovery efforts appear to be moving slowly, according to CBS News.

> Block after block, giant piles of debris are rotting on the sidewalks in Panama City and officials say it might not be cleared until the end of the year.

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> Hurricane Michael killed nearly 30 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Recovery here has been slow.

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> More than 95,000 people in the disaster zone have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for help. So far, just over 25,000 have been approved for housing assistance.

A FEMA official told CBS News that some applicants are waiting for insurance claims to be processed before they can be approved for federal assistance, and the first mobile housing unit is slated to arrive sometime next week.

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