Irma does damage on Suwannee County

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By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 11, 2017

Storm damage from Irma in Live Oak, Florida. September 11, 2017.

LIVE OAK, Fla. (WCTV) -- The eastern side of the Big Bend took a slightly more powerful punch from Hurricane Irma.

Dozens of trees were uprooted in the area and even some roofs were lifted off of buildings.

The City of Live Oak began removing trees and downed power lines from the area Monday morning.

Rodney Edwards, supervisor for the Live Oak public works, says they expect to be very busy in the next few weeks.

"Oh it will take weeks," Edwards said, "We have already responded to about 15 calls for tree removal today and we have a lot more to go."

The roof of the Chevron gas station on US-129 was ripped up and blown over during the storm.

On Monday morning, more than 90 percent of Suwannee County was without power.

As of Monday night, nearly 3,000 residents had their power restored. Leaving around 13,000 still without power.

The city says it may take weeks to clean up the debris and damage, but they are confident that they can get the area back to normal.

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