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Chattahoochee continues hurricane recovery four months after Michael

Analyzing Chattahoochee's recovery four months after Hurricane Michael
Analyzing Chattahoochee's recovery four months after Hurricane Michael
Posted at 4:51 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 16:17:42-04

CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It's been four months since Hurricane Michael swept through the area.

The further west, the more damage left behind. The city of Chattahoochee in Gadsden County is continuing to recover from the historic storm. 

City manager Robert Presnell said Chattahoochee has an entirely new electrical distribution system. The big challenge, he said, has been addressing issues with the sewer and water systems.

Around 90 percent of residents had their power restored 10 days after the hurricane, but some had to wait around 30 days.

The city wants FEMA to provide a "right of entry permit" to deal with debris on private property. But overall, Presnell said Chattahoochee is working on a full recovery. 

"We're back. We're a very resilient community and a lot good folks here," he said Wednesday. "We're working very hard to get back to normal, but as we move forward, specifically in this legislative session, we do have a number of requests and, working with our senator and Representative Alexander, who will be in town here for a tour in the very near future, we do need some assistance, specifically in the infrastructure area." 

Presnell met with staff members of Senator Rick Scott in Quincy Wednesday afternoon to address issues related to Hurricane Michael.

He says an FDOT grant was critical in helping the city recover.