Appalachia, Anthony Walker, Hermel Melander discussed on Weekend Edition Saturday
Ever in that part of Florida and brought nearly an eight foot storm surge that's an area in Appalachia cola. That's at the heart of Florida's oyster industry. NPR's? Greg Allen visited the area and filed this report Appalachia cola is a small city just a few thousand people, but it's tight knit and self reliance. On Friday two days after the storm. Makeshift restaurant was in full swing on a downtown street handing out meals hamburgers. Sausages, chicken, MAC and cheese. Lindsey shepherd says people in restaurants in town donated food we just decided yesterday to not sit around and get depressed motivate and fit a little sunshine in the community bay Johnson. Who's lived here? Fourteen years says Appalachia coal is community that takes care of itself. Look around. She said, you don't see one city official or county official here. The people here we are community of individualist and people who survive on the edge of everything here. We're hundred miles from anything. And that's why we're here. We like it. It's a lovely wonderful Tam, but people have to get here after hurricane. Michael accessibility. Was a problem. The storm surge washed out entire sections of the main coastal road highway ninety eight it also temporarily forced the closure of a bridge that links Appalachia cola with its neighbor east point. Now, the bridges reopened in this and other coastal communities mandatory evacuations were ordered, but many decided to stay Anthony Walker live just across highway ninety eight from the bay. So he stayed with friends a few blocks inland when he came to check on his place was surrounded by water. I had to wait in to the front door and see if there's still water in there. And there was my cats was in there swimming around. I didn't think it was going to come up this habit. Yeah. It happens again. Oh. Fairly. When he began cleaning up Walker said there were crabs in his house, a friend found a snake. Hermel Melander was cleaning up her yard yesterday burning positive limbs twigs and leaves left by the storm. She works as a nine one one police dispatcher as the storm raged and the flood waters began rising. She says she took a number of calls from people asking for help. We just told them, you know, you take your life in your own hands. I know it sounds mean and cruel, but when we mandatory evacuation, we do it for a reason, and we're not gonna put our guy's lives. Online Koji decided to say and put your own life. And fortunately Melander says there weren't any casualties from the storm at east point or Appalachia cola. Although the people are okay, Vinnie businesses aren't. At Linz quality owner Lin MARTINI yesterday was sleeping out mud. Trying to clean up after a hurricane again. Where the water came up about three inside the building. It busted a wall miss side. So the water came in that way, Martinez business a retail seafood.