Franklin, Wakulla Residents Agree They Lucked Out, Missing Worst of Katrina

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Monday's dawn started with grace, a beautiful sky and mild chop on the water, a deceptive beginning with a category four storm brewing nearby.

Helena Engle of Panacea Harbor Marina says, "We were gun shy this time. We started preparing Friday, getting boats out."

A few miles west, conditions deteriorate quickly. Angelo’s and Sons is nailed again, and high water threatens Alligator Point. Many wonder if the road will hold.

First Dennis, then Katrina. This may be the last storm for Alligator Point Road. All that remains is a dirt path cluttered with potholes, a familiar problem for Franklin County.

Farther west the sun is out, but high tide is still hours away. People in East Point prepare for storm surge. Evacuations are still in place and many are diligent, adhering to all local advisories.

"Remember, be careful out there, still not completely out of the woods when it comes to the storm."

But just over the causeway into Apalachicola, a different story is told.

Art Clough, a resident, says, "Not here, there's not a hurricane here."

For Art Clough and his wife, work must go on.

A few flooded roads and high winds don't pose near the threat of Hurricane Dennis.
A sigh of relief is a common feeling for many who eagerly awaited high tide and were pleasantly surprised.

Many of the residents returned to their homes on the coast around noon Monday after emergency directors lifted their mandatory evacuations.