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Dennis Cleanup Is Far From Over

Devastating and unbelievable: words still used to describe Alligator Point almost two weeks after Hurricane Dennis.

Eight days later, and residents in Alligator Point still can't believe their eyes when they look at the damage left behind from a storm surge caused by Hurricane Dennis, leaving property owners with a lot of business to take care of.

Ginger Proctor, a homeowner, says, "Just getting the mess cleaned up and meeting insurance adjusters and getting contractors down here for bids. Everybody's been very helpful and ready to jump in whenever they can."

The storm surge caused massive erosion and plenty of sand buildup. Roofs, boardwalks, and decks were damaged. Some homes are gone.

The road is completely washed out, but now utilities and construction crews are finally able to access the area.

Jay Brown, a contract worker, says, "It's a lot of brain-racking and getting things together. It's a lot of hard work, hot! A lot of tiresome walking in this sand."

Jessica Lucas, an Alligator Point summer visitor, says, "It's devastating. It's unbelievable what has happened. In my 24 years I've never seen anything like this down here."

Construction workers say there are some things that cannot be repaired, but workers and residents both agree that with a lot of hard work ahead of them, all they can do right now is try.

The precautionary boil water notice has been lifted. This is for users of the Alligator Point water system, except for users inside the Bald Point State Park.

If you have any questions, call 850-349-2274.


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