Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who represents the Florida Keys in Washington, said there will not be an additional evacuation in the Florida Keys due to damage from Hurricane Irma.
"There are no plans for a complete evacuation of the #FLKeys," Curbelo tweeted on Tuesday morning. "Local authorities are working hard to get people back IN as soon as possible."
There are no plans for a complete evacuation of the #FLKeys. Local authorities are working hard to get people back IN as soon as possible.— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) September 12, 2017
On Monday afternoon, the Department of Defense announced in a press release that the 10,000 people who stayed on the Keys during Irma may need to be evacuated until power and running water can be restored.
"The main water line into the Florida Keys is reported off-line. Damage to the Keys may necessitate evacuation of the 10,000 persons who did not evacuate prior to the storm." the release said.
Keys residents who chose to evacuate were not allowed back in on Monday, prompting frustration from some people who were trying to reach their homes.
"The Florida Keys is going to need a lot of help and we're blessed to have a wonderful governor and a very effective administrator at FEMA who is well aware of what the situation on the ground is starting to look like," Curbelo said.
Sen. Marco Rubio, who joined Curbelo on an aerial tour of storm damage on the Florida Keys on Monday, said in a tweet that he would ask officials to consider an evacuation of the Lower Keys due to a lack of water and road access.
"Asking officials to consider evacuation of lower
#FloridaKeys. No water, no energy & poor access is recipe for big problems," Rubio tweeted.
Monroe County, which encompasses the Florida Keys, said in a statement that an additional evacuation will not happen and that reports from the Department of Defense suggesting otherwise are "NOT TRUE."
Rubio said he spoke to the Monroe County administrator who informed him that an additional evacuation will not be necessary.