Hurricane Wilma: The Day After

The day after Wilma, it's all about waiting in line to get gas, food and water, and waiting for the electricity to return to the millions still without.

This is life in sunny south Florida after Hurricane Wilma, long lines for the most basic supplies. Outside Miami's Orange Bowl Stadium, thousands of hurricane victims waited hours for free water and ice. It was frustrating.

Many in the Miami area are also without power. Workers were trying to restore electricity to more than six million customers.

L.T. Dwinder of Florida Power and Light says, "This is the biggest event that we have ever experienced and it's going to take us a long time to get everything back in service."

Wilma's devastation stretches for hundreds of miles across Florida. There are flattened homes, jumbled cars, mangled boats, and smashed planes.

Damage estimates are as high as $10 billion. Some of the worst damage happened here in the Fort Lauderdale area. Wilma was the strongest hurricane to strike this part of the state since 1950.

Gov. Jeb Bush says, "My heart goes out to people that have lost a lot and they can rest
Assured that the state government and the federal government will be working to provide support."

As the floodwaters recede, many residents got their firsthand look at what Wilma left behind. It's now up to Floridians to rebuild again, but for some Wilma was the last straw, enough for them to move away.


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