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Big Bend family still sleeping in camper eight months after Hurricane Michael

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 18:56:59-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Eight months after Hurricane Michael, one Big Bend family is still without their home, sleeping in a camper.

They're sharing their story, hoping to keep other families from going through the same thing.

David and Amy Hines have lived in Florida for most of their lives, but had never experienced a storm quite as powerful as Hurricane Michael.

"We had a water oak next to our house. It brought it down on top of the house and it went right through our living room," said David. "Our house was on stilts and it basically pushed it all the way to the ground."

The Hines and their two children were forced to live in a camper after the storm hit. Almost a year later, they are still trying to pick up the pieces.

"We are slowly taking it apart piece by piece. Its nothing more than just one giant puzzle. We are trying to take it apart and re-build it ourselves," said David.

With the start of the new season comes new worries.

"I'm a little nervous because our house isn't fixed yet and you never know if another hurricane is going to come through and wipe the house out," said Amy.

Through the storm came lessons the Hines family wants to pass on to others.

"Be prepared, you never know what is going to happen," said Amy.

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