State emergency funds for Cape Coral?

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 19:15:52-05
CAPE CORAL, FLA.- Mangled trees, debris, and Christmas ornaments cover the ground. Even looking up to the sky, Bob Beatty told Fox 4 Southwest 16th place is barely recognizable; 
"There's a garbage can up in the telephone pole that isn't mine. I don't know whose that is."
But with only a blue tarp to keep his family dry, the garbage can on the pole is the least of his worries. Beatty told Fox 4 he's sure he's dealing with thousands of dollars in damage. He's hoping his insurance will cover it and wondering if the state will step in to help his city.
"If they don't, I guess we'll have to bite the bullet."
Should people living here prepare for that? Fox 4 asked Cape Coral Emergency Management manager, Jesse Spearo. 
Spearo said they put in a request for state emergency funding Monday.
"We'll see where the process takes us."
Cape Coral city councilman, Richard Leon, focused on cleaning up the neighborhoods hit the hardest. He has plans to host a massive clean up once the city says neighborhoods are safe. Fox 4 will share more information with you when there's a solid date planned.