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Greenwood families still hurting after Hurricane Michael

Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 17:17:32-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. — We're approaching 200 days since Hurricane Michael ripped through the Big Bend, and there are still clear signs of damage in some communities.

If you travel around the town of Greenwood, you can see how much is still left to clean up.

We're told that a family that lived in a house here, actually broke into a church across the street from them to find shelter during Hurricane Michael.

A grandmother was able to escape just 10 minutes before a big tree crashed into her house. It's clearly unlivable, and the greenish sign indicates it has to be demolished.

That is the homeowner's responsibility to pay for, and the debris needs to be moved to the curb by May 1, so that county crews can remove it. Otherwise, the homeowners would have to pay to get rid of it.

Just two houses away, is another house with a tree just lying on it.

A veteran lives there with her mother who has cancer. They don't have home insurance, and we're told about 80 percent of people who live in Jackson County are in the same situation.

When crews were clearing the driveway, they hit a water main. So, another family has no water and no electricity, because the power box was damaged from Michael. They're actually borrowing a generator from a friend to get by.

She told us the family lives in just one room in the house, surviving on just $4 a day.

People here tell us Jackson County has been forgotten and that these communities still need lots of help to recover as the next hurricane season is just about one month away.

A church ministry will be in Greenwood in July to check on families and help meet urgent needs wherever they can.