Colder weather, winds impacting Hurricane Michael recovery

By: Sophia Hernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 23, 2019

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WCTV) -- Residents in Calhoun and Liberty counties are still trying to recover after Hurricane Michael, working to get their lives back on track.

Kathy Ridley's store saw the first-hand impact of the storm.

"All you have to do is look around and you can see that, I mean the devastation is just so big and so real," she said.

Without a roof on one of her three buildings, her thrift store has experienced everything from mold to water leaks. With Wednesday's strong winds, Ridley is scared that her store, which currently uses tarp as a roof, won't make it through the morning.

"Well, already three times today, the sign that says 'Helping Hands,' I've had to send somebody out because I thought the sign was coming off the building," expressed Ridley.

She isn't the only one hoping for better weather.

"It's tough for people who have lost everything to have a blue tarp on their house," said Major Shawn Wood with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office. "And rain's coming, wind's coming. They are waiting on a roofer or they don't have money, and they're hard proud people. It's difficult."

Ridley says that while the community is grateful for the support, the people of Calhoun County still need help.

"I don't think it's something that anyone in this lifetime's going to recover from, and I don't know how this town or Liberty County is going to make it," mentioned Ridley.

Although Hurricane Michael impacted each resident differently, they can all agree they hope that they will never have to experience something like this ever again.

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