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Chattahoochee family unprepared for Michael's devastation

Chattahoochee family unprepared for Michael's devastation
Chattahoochee family unprepared for Michael's devastation
Posted at 5:32 AM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 09:27:44-04

CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Many in the PanHandle and the Big Bend are rebuilding following Hurricane Michael.

WTXL ABC's Jada Williams checked out one city closer to home hit hardest by Hurricane Michael.

She spoke to some families currently picking up the pieces.

The people in Chattahoochee and neighboring towns are coming together to rebuild.

Neighbors are helping other neighbors clean their yards and many are driving in from other parts of town just to provide hot meals and cold drinks to those who have nothing left.

Just driving along the highway and into Chattahoochee, it looks like the trees were intentionally cleared. That's because so many of them are down, and many power lines are down too.

One family says that they never expected the storm to hit their little town so hard.

The family didn't prepare well enough, saying they never stocked up on food and water.

Shakia Gilcreast, a resident: "All I can think of now is to just be prepared for next time because we weren't prepared. With us being here in Chattahoochee, we've never had anything like this before. It shook us up. It makes you want to appreciate everything that you have going on."

The family says they're currently relying on food and water from shelters and good samaritans.

But they say despite the impact they're remaining hopeful.

A tree fell on the back of their home, but they are still living in it.

The family says they don't have insurance, so they're not sure when they'll be able to fix it.