Chattahoochee residents still feeling Hurricane Michael's impacts

Published: Feb. 12, 2019 at 5:37 PM EST
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By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 12, 2019

CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's been four months since Hurricane Michael hit the Big Bend. Blue tarps on roofs are still a common sight in Chattahoochee.

Just a drive along County Road 269 shows several downed trees. Piles of debris remain in front of some homes.

Some residents are left to clear the debris on their own.

A large tree fell on the home of Chattahoochee resident Audrey Colley during the storm, crushing her roof. Fortunately, she wasn't in the home.

Since then, she put a replacement home on her property.

She says the storms that passed a couple of weeks ago tore up her new tin roof.

"It's hard," said Colley. "If you don't have insurance, it's hard to replace everything. Then, it'll be so long to get help from anywhere, so it's really hard to bounce back up. You can't bounce back up like that. It takes time."

Joel Moultry is another resident that lived in Chattahoochee his entire life. He says his front porch was damaged, but otherwise his home is okay.

The recovery process for his community, he says, will take a while.

"It seems like it's kind of slow, but I guess people are just doing the best they can," said Moultry. "A lot of people probably don't have insurance so they're just doing the best they can."

Gadsden County officials say their main concern are residents without insurance and seniors in the county who may not be able to afford repairs.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office will hold a meeting on Tuesday to compile a long-term recovery team for the county.