NewsLocal News


Group rallying for disaster relief funding for communities hit hard by Hurricane Michael

Posted at 6:16 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 18:16:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Driving through the Florida Panhandle, you still see reminders of Hurricane Michael and the costly damage it left behind, especially closest to Mexico Beach and Panama City.

A group of Bay County residents known as Michael's Angels took to the Capitol Wednesday morning to urge state legislators to pass disaster relief funding as many are still living in tents, and area schools have been forced to close.

According to several attendees, dozens of students and teachers have left their schools and more faculty members could be let go due to the lack of funding for the schools and the region.

Those who were at the Capitol shared how the hurricane continues to affect them and how they are struggling to live normally.

Many feel as though they have been forgotten.

"Every other disaster that's hit, they've got relief right away. We have not. We're struggling over there," said Jennifer Bowman, a Panama City resident. "We're trying to keep our jobs. We're trying to get our houses rebuilt. We're trying to just keep life going."

Although Hurricane Michael hit nearly 190 days ago, Bay County residents we spoke to say that the area has nothing left.

The Michael's Angels group hopes that the rally will shed light on their desperate need for disaster relief funding.