Hurricane Irma

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It’s been a month and a half since Everglades City bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma’s storm surge, leaving most of the town’s homes uninhabitable, and there's still no sign of help coming from FEMA.

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Lee County's Board of Commissioners got together this week to talk about ongoing Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.

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It’s been over a month since Hurricane Irma hit Florida, and Lee County leaders have now decided to send a letter to the White House, asking that FEMA offer more support.

Courtesy of Lisa Marteeny

Lisa Marteeny survived 8-to-10 feet of storm surge during Hurricane Irma in Everglades City. But her husband of nearly 13 years Lee Marteeny did not. He died at the age of 72 from a bacterial infection days after wading in nearly chest-deep floodwaters with his wife. Lisa Marteeny, 62, describes in her own words what it was like to wait out the major storm on her neighbor Adela Butler’s back porch, which is on stilts. And she talks about losing her husband days later:

Kendrix Haynes lost a lot in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma: all his food and his pet bearded dragon, Rocky. It was the power (or rather the lack of it). Without it, his refrigerator couldn’t stay cold enough and the heat lamp wasn't hot enough.