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Thousands Of Floridians Helped Hurricane Victims

In this Sept. 9, 2017 file photo, evacuees are moved to another building with more bathrooms while sheltering at Florida International University ahead of Hurricane Irma in Miami. Students in two of the nation’s largest school districts still don’t know when they’ll return to class, forcing many Florida parents to juggle childcare as they head into a second week of recovering from Hurricane Irma. Miami-Dade and Broward counties had hoped to resume operations Monday, Sept. 18.. But dozens of schools in the two districts , which serve almost 700,000 students, are still without power. Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of Floridians have been helping people who were victims of hurricanes that battered the state and Puerto Rico.

Volunteer Florida announced on Wednesday that more than 22,500 volunteers had logged more than one million hours helping people affected by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that he and others were thankful for the hard work of those who had responded after the storms.

Volunteer Florida works with state and local officials to coordinate volunteers and donations during times of need.

Irma ripped through the state in September and has been blamed for at least 70 deaths in the state. Florida has also seen an influx of people who fled Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.