Cycle of selflessness: How Florida Keys survived Irma's darkest days

Cycle of selflessness: How Florida Keys survived Irma's darkest days

Florida Keys residents will be allowed to return home this weekend to assess damage to their properties caused by Hurricane Irma.

More than 19,000 Keys households have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Monroe County officials tweeted Monday morning.

"You just described it", said Monroe County Commissioner David Rice.

Curfews remained in effect and returning residents received a clear message from Keys officials - you must be self-sufficient.

Seventy percent of critical facilities have power in the Upper Keys as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association, which provides service from Key Largo to Marathon.

"As families across the state continue to recover from Hurricane Irma, we must make sure our students have access to every resource they need to remain successful in school", said Scott.

Florida policyholders so far have filed almost $2 billion in claims to insurers for damage from Hurricane Irma, the state's insurance regulator said on Monday. But dozens of schools in the district are still without power.

In the Florida Keys and southwest Florida, students are expected to miss another week of school.

For Lori Eickleberry, 45, who owns a psychology practice with two offices in South Florida, it means dragging her 10-year-old daughter to work with her.

Irma put all of Florida on warning.

"The challenge, I think, for us will be. between here and Marathon", Key West City Manager Jim Scholl said.

In some southwest Florida districts, classes were postponed until September 25.

Hernando County Sheriff's officials said in a news release Saturday that their officers, along with firefighters and wildlife officials encouraged residents in Talisman Estates, Riverdale and other flood prone areas to leave.

Kelli Kennedy reported from Fort Lauderdale.