Aaron Murray, Hurricane Michael, Mexico Beach discussed on PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman


First time we've talked about this here in the new year. But it's important that we keep those people are fellow Floridians up in the panhandle in mind as they continue to recover from that massive storm joining us on the hotline right now, we have spectrum thirteen news reporter Aaron Murray who you can follow on Twitter at e Murray one she's co hosting hurricane Michael Florida impact alive townhall airing tomorrow at seven PM on spectrum bay news nine Aaron how are you? I'm doing well. Ryan, thank you so much and to be talking with you tonight. I really appreciate you taking the time to spend a few minutes with us. So you're in in Mexico beach right now, you're gonna be doing the town hall live from Mexico beach tomorrow night. What are you seeing there? How is the recovery progressing? What has stood out to you? So far, I'm looking at your Twitter feed. And I've seen some of the pictures, and you know, it's hard to believe that this is current day, panhandle and current day, Mexico beach. It looks like something it looks like the hurricane just hit. And it does look that is exactly the feeling when you come back here we were here days before the storm. We were here during the storm, and then after you know for a week, and then we left, and then we came back photographer night about a week and a half ago. And then he had that exact same feeling he and I had that moment several times in each city. We came to each other and said, it looks if you can see progress don't get me wrong. I'm not saying nothing being done. But. Really feels when you come to the really hard hit areas here in Mexico beach. If you just showed up today, you would think or hurricane hit yesterday. I really encourage everybody. If you get a chance check out e Murray one on Twitter because you could see the pictures there really striking the recovery up there and the progression since the storm hits. What are the residents up there saying about it are they frustrated did they realize afterwards? This was going to be a long process, and they're they're okay with how things have progressed up to this point. What's the general feeling among people you've talked to? I mean, the thing about it is that there's so many things to process with a hurricane. This is when it comes to an answer the first part of your question. You know, are they kinda grasping it or they okay with it. I think this hurricane and we've I know we've all talked about this. It started out not a huge, hurricane cat, one cat two. And then within twenty four to forty eight hours all of a sudden became that, huge cat four. And so I think no I don't think that they were ready for a hurricane the size. So does in the recovery. It is very frustrating because it decimated this area in such a huge way because the infrastructure here. Really couldn't handle it. Plain and simple, the homes that were built fifty sixty seventy s or just gone and that's frustrating. And and soon when you come into hurricane like, this are just are slow because you know, insurance and FEMA and while they're all working, there's just so many. There's not one person it hasn't made a call to their insurance. There's not one person isn't in need FEMA. And so when you have that amount of people calling in it, it just is. So so in three months later, people are still not in their homes are not going to be in their homes for several more months. Some people might not even come back to their home. I mean for almost a year, it's really that bad up here. Seeing these images are there a lot of people out and about I mean, do you see a lot of people in Mexico beach because it looks like it's almost inhabitable still Mexico beach is really a. It's on a different level, obviously than if we talked about Panama City are Lynn haven or some of those others next because if you do see people, but no not necessarily I huge number of people living here. There are a lot of people here during the daylight hours working. I mean, that's predominantly what you see are people clearing debris out of the way, and that's not so much rebuilding but just clearing out and then trying to get things ready for that rebuild. And then you're seeing some workers and things backing there's only three restaurants here. You know that are functioning and one is out of a food truck in a tense. I mean, not people aren't all back in their homes. I mean, there's a few who did speak to one gentleman who literally had a house that was on the beachside literally get picked up by the surge pushed into his home. I mean, he just helped him all that last week. And so he's been staying in a camper behind his home it. So you see a lot of that people are avian campers or they're staying rental. You know, fifteen miles away and then coming in for the day trying to do the work. So there's people here during the daylight hours. Once it gets dark it is. I mean, they're they're all police around her the sheriff's offices around and things like that ghost town say, but right, it isn't that wants to get started. Here. We're talking to spectrum thirteen news reporter Aaron Murray. She's coasting. Hurricane Michael Florida impact. A live town hall airing tomorrow at seven PM on spectrum bay news nine so what are the big issues? Those in the panhandle are currently facing. The big thing is coming obviously coming back from this going trying to get that insurance trying to get any kind of money to rebuild because it's not just a few thousand dollars. You know, or there is everything that you own might all be gone. And then it's also, you know, rebuilding these things to in hopes that if something else were to happen like this again that it could withstand that and then Finally, I guess just looking out especially from Arthur selective looking at it from a state wide perspective in that. If this hit somewhere else are we ready for it? And honestly, my answer to that after going through this is I think you'd be hard pressed to find almost anywhere. They could take the hurricane the size of coaching Michael and be okay after it right in different areas lead to different challenges. I mean here in the Tampa Bay area if we got hit by something like hurricane Michael have some some serious problems. There have been studies done on how catastrophic something like that would be. There were articles written before hurricane Irma about how catastrophic that would be. So so, you know, there there is more preparation. That I think we can do across the state including here in central Florida. But there's only so much. You can do if you're facing something like what the panhandle faced what are some of the lessons learned, especially among our political leaders from hurricane Michael that you've been hearing. I think the big thing is also. Yeah. Trying to get people out. There's always that fight. I know nobody ever wants to stay. But that is such so many resources have to be post towards the rescue and recovery after. So I think that's one of the things we talked to with some of the local leaders here. Maybe doing a more efficient job of trying to get everybody to go and understand when you have a hurricane that size. Your presence isn't going to change anything, you know, it's better to just go. So that they don't have to worry about. Is there a body in there? And and things like that. You know, the other thing too is I think the rebuild. It's just hoping that when contractors, you know, they're really cracking down on unlicensed and all the things that make sure Wendy things are we dealt their rebuilt in a way that could withstand something even if it hits sixty years from now that will still be able to take you know, wins that strong because that was the problem with this hurricane while the flooding in the surgeons a huge problem the wind you just did so much damage here. And not those are things that they're really looking at. Now, we're talking to spectrum thirteen news reporter Aaron Murray here on PM Tampa Bay can follow her on Twitter at e Murray. One what is the sense like among people, you talk to you in the panhandle in terms of rebuilding and making a place like Mexico beach. Once again, what it once was. Oh, certainly heard the stories of people that aren't coming back. But the ones that are here right now. I mean, they're not leaving. They still view the sunset here is it's still beautiful beautiful place. And so they don't want to lose here. They this is their home. Some people have been through their whole lives only, maybe, you know, come down in their later years. But either way to the people that are here right now, they're they're here to stay. So they do plan on rebuilding. So there is that you know, when we were here during the hurricane it was that sense of like shocking on now, it's like pure determination. I mean people I think still come maybe knows weird times. But they are purely right now on the war passage tried to get get everything knocked down get everything cleared out and and built the right way. So they're very determined. I know, you know, I want to touch on one thing because you asked about city leaders and come back that one big thing too. When we were talking, for example, like lemonade and the cities are struggling with their budgets. Because some of the. Example, debris just the cost of getting debris out of here is going to be more than the entire budget of the city of Lynn haven. Exactly. And so that's just a brain. That's not paying their workers doing anything else. And so it also testing team is that you have to pay the money before you get refunded the money. So when you already have bills that are more than your yearly budget coming because of hurricane Michael, those are the problems that they're trying to solve right now and find ways to work out and talk to you know, leaders to find new avenues and things. But that that's another big struggle that I know the city leaders here are dealing with that is just pain, very painful for them to go through. And it says are you hearing any kind of a timeline or timeframe as to win the majority of the debris will be picked up. And and a lot of the rebuild will really be underway. I think in areas like, Panama City, Lynn haven. I think he could probably see a lot of it. You know, another three months, and I think a lot of the debris maybe a little bit longer than that might might be while handle here in Mexico beach. I couldn't even begin to get out. Bad here. Yeah. Finally, we're talking to Aaron Murray. Spectrum thirteen news reporter, she's gonna be coasting. Hurricane Michael Florida impact alive townhall airing tomorrow at seven PM on spectrum bay news nine how can people around the state including here in the Tampa Bay area? Help are there still resources out there that are needed in the panhandle that people who aren't living there can assist with? What is that is my favorite question? And I'm so glad you asked it because that is probably the most important thing here because it's so forget, even when we left to go back to our day to day lives. But yes, there are ways to help. And while I do think, you know, big organizations like red crossings are great. I would highly recommend going local cities, Mexico beach Lynn haven, Panama City, you can go right to their city website. And there are we'll leave that those pounds has set up for the money goes directly to the people in their city, for example, maybe even taking over a hundred thousand. Dopplers that was last week. They've given out then one hundred one thousand dollar grants to people in their city, and it's not a complicated application to you know, two pages. So they're easy for people here to fill out and get access to this money, and it goes directly to them. So I mean three websites you can go to right away. Just Google Mexico Beach, Florida, Panama City, com, afford, Lynn, even com. Afforded pull up there any websites, and they're all right there. Spectrum thirteen news reporter Aaron Murray can follow her on Twitter at e Murray one and again, she's coasting. Hurricane Michael Florida impact alive townhall airing tomorrow at seven PM on spectrum Bain news,.

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