Swamped by Irma, tiny Florida town pushes toward recovery

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By: Associated Press
November 11, 2017

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (AP) - Two months after Hurricane Irma's storm surge swamped Everglades City, the tiny Florida town is pushing toward recovery.

The community church is preparing for its first indoor service since the storm this Sunday, and the mayor says more than 90 percent of local businesses should be open as tourist season picks up in the next two weeks.

But some residents still complain about the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which they say has been stingy with its help since the Sept. 10 storm pushed a 9-foot wall of seawater into the 400-resident town tucked into the state's southwest, hard on the Gulf of Mexico.

FEMA officials say they were hindered because of other disasters, including massive floods in Houston and wildfires out West, "but we were here."

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