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City of Blountstown making progress following Michael

Posted at 5:11 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 15:32:52-04

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WTXL) - The City of Blountstown was hit hard by Hurricane Michael. Now two weeks later, things are improving.  

We talked with Blountstown's Mayor, Tony Shoemake, who said the city has about 98 percent of it's power restored.

He said all the schools have electricity and will be open by Nov. 1.

Gateway Baptist Church and Daycare got help from the community to clear away debris in order to open this week. 

"We needed to get back up and running, because some of our parents had to go back to work. These kids need some normalcy, because some of them were displaced and are upset," said Leann Shoemake, Daycare Director for Gateway Baptist Church. 

Despite the city having much of it's power restored, many homes damaged in the storm won't have electricity back right away, until an electrician says it's safe.