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A Bird’s-Eye View of Storm Damage

By: Ann Nucatola
By: Ann Nucatola

In a bird's-eye view of some of the incredible damage done by Dennis there’s a revealing look at the erosion and property damage that will take a long time to conquer.

The damage from Hurricane Dennis is an impressive site from the ground, but seeing what it did from the sky can take your breath away.

"A lot of houses through here took on a lot of damage. A lot of docks are gone. A lot of old houses actually were knocked down [that] you would've thought could withstand anything, a lot of them concrete."

Flying around the coastal towns hit by Hurricane Dennis, there's a sense of awe and disbelief. In some areas such as Alligator Point, it's a feeling of disbelief at how hard Dennis hit the normally quiet community and further eroded the beach.

Some of the debris from Alligator Point made it all the way across the bay to Highway 98, including a boat.

Ronald Crum, who survived Hurricane Dennis, says, "I'm 57 years old and I never left for a storm in all these years. The surge came in faster than I've ever saw.”

It's a feeling of disbelief and relief for the people of St. George Island because one popular weekend getaway is virtually untouched.

In a look at the color of the water, which was also caused by Dennis, it sort of looks like tea.

Delacy Peavy, a helicopter pilot, says, "That's from all the trees. It actually is like a tea. It's called tanic acid."

Coastal residents are showing their resilience. Less than a week after a powerful hurricane, they're already repairing, but more importantly, they're also playing.

"It was a real experience," Ronald Crum says.

The St. George Island bridge will be opened Friday.


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