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Homeowners in Florida face unsure future after Ian

Oct 4, 2022, 6:51 PM | Updated: 7:32 pm

FORT MEYERS BEACH, Fla. — The town of Fort Meyers Beach in Florida is unrecognizable after Hurricane Ian tore through the area. It’s now considered to be one of the 25 worst hurricanes to ever hit the US.

Dozens and dozens of homes and businesses are ripped apart and destroyed.

After waiting out the storm, many homeowners have been trying to figure out what they’ll do for the months ahead.

Homeowners who decided to stay and endure the storm are being moved off of Fort Myers beach.

“If you watched the storm, you didn’t really know where it was going to go,” homeowner John Davis said.

He hoped Ian would have landed elsewhere. He’s been holding out for days. Davis said, “No water, no electricity. Starts getting rough after a while.”

Even though his house survived, he said it’s now time to stay with some family out of state.

Other homeowners in Fort Myers Beach were not as lucky

Chris Murray looked over all the destruction, “One day did all this, 24 hours not even.”

He’s helping his father, Terry Murray, gather what belongings he could.

“First-floor house. Concrete block and water was up to the ceiling,” he described.

Now it’s time to start over.

Linemen continued to work around the clock Tuesday with plans to have power restored to 95% of customers by Friday.

For this island community, it will be longer. Some are being told up to two months.

“This is a 100-year flood for here. My house was built in 1974, it’s never had water in it ever. For a ground-level in Florida that’s incredible,” Murray said.

It will be years before this beachside getaway returns to what it once was.

Murray said, “It’s like a bomb went off. I mean it’s devastating beyond belief.”

Hard to believe so much was taken away, in so little time.

Without power, hundreds of homeowners are going to Red Cross shelters which are now being expanded in a local sports arena.

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