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Florida’s long road to recovery after Hurricane Ian

(CNN) - Clean up crews in Fort Myers remove debris on the start of a long road to recovery following Hurricane Ian's deadly path.

More than 800 thousand customers in Florida are still without power as of Sunday, and emergency rescue crews went door-to-door, looking for survivors.

"While we certainly hope that we can continue to find more people alive and bring them out, we're going to support the state and their needs as we continue to go house by house and make sure that everybody's accounted for okay," FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell spoke.

Not only that, "We have trained specialist for any kind of emergency we run into at this point and we're just trying to help as best as we can," Meghan W., K-9 Specialist, explained.

Fort Myers Beach

Meanwhile, in Fort Myers Beach, one of the hardest hit areas in the state, has been closed for the next week for the safety of the emergency crews on the beach.

"We already have electricity slowly returning, as well as water service. We have crews that are working 16 hours a day," Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson detailed.

More than 70 people in Florida died by Ian's impact, and the damage across the state has many residents speechless.

President Biden's response

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Florida on Wednesday to survey the damage, but not before they tour Puerto Rico on Monday following Hurricane Fiona.

"We owe Puerto Rico a hell of a lot more than they've already gotten," President Biden proclaimed.

In addition, "My administration is working closely with the CBC members to do whatever it takes, whatever it takes to help search and rescue, recovery and rebuilding."

Hurricane Ian scams

Furthermore, Florida officials are warning residents to be aware of potential scams following Hurricane Ian, such as repair, tree and water testing scams.

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