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Hurricane Michael Recovery: Florida Panhandle, South Georgia continue to rebuild

Posted at 6:18 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 18:18:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — We're taking a look back at October 10, 2018; A day that many remember and will never forget.

It's the day Hurricane Michael ravaged parts of Florida and Georgia, leaving a wake of devastation. Now, six months later, we're digging deeper into how far people have come and the work that still needs to be done.

"It seems like it was yesterday to be honest I mean everything has come and gone so fast," said Robert Taylor, Salesmen at Tallahassee Roofing Inc. "It just, it is unbelievable that its been six months since it hit."

The Category 4 storm that no one in the Florida Panhandle or south Georgia will forget is still impacting communities.

"What we are finding today is that there's still... a lot of clients who still have a lot of problems that maybe didn't jump out at first," said Todd Degner, a local manager for Bartlett Tree Experts.

From tree removal businesses to roof repair companies, its been a non-stop process.

"It's not a restful time. I can say that for sure.... that it continues to this day that we have never been this busy," Degner explained.

"Yes it brings in money, but for what it does to the people, it's not worth it," said Taylor. He says he still has clients that only have tarps covering their homes.

"Hopefully we can get these people taken care of as quickly as possible and then they can get back to normal and not have to worry about every time it rains, 'Is it going to leak?'" said Taylor.

As communities continue to repair and rebuild, Degner and Taylor, say its time to plan for the future.

"Recognize they can no longer do nothing I mean nature doesn't just take care of itself so we got to do some planning," said Degner.

The start of this year's hurricane season is June 1, but it's never too early to start making sure you're ready for it. If you need some tips on how to prepare for this upcoming hurricane season, click here to check out our 'Hurricane Special: Get Prepared Now.'