Hurricane Damage Slow in Being Cleaned Up at Alligator Point

It has been three weeks since Dennis hit the Panhandle with a surprisingly high storm surge that caused widespread damage.

Alligator Point 50 miles southwest of Tallahassee is being described as resembling a war zone. Birds fishing, a walk on the beach, there is still a glimpse of paradise along the shores of north Florida’s Big Bend, barely.

Melinda Lott, a utility company worker, says Alligator Point looks like a war zone.

"I guess it reminded me of something I’ve seen on some of the movies after there was a horrific bomb or something."

Anytime there is strong wind or water, homes on this narrow spit of land see some damage, but old-timers like Lehn Marshall say they haven’t seen anything like this in more than 50 years.

"There was about probably six foot of beach sand all the way up to the house. We are just trying to put it back out there where it came from."

“How long have you been working on it?”

"About two weeks."

Dennis reduced a home to a pile of rubble almost as quickly as it was hauled away.

We asked truck driver John Weeks: “About how long did it take to load this house in your truck?”

"It took about 30 minutes from start to finish," he says.

For contractor John Oaks, hurricane Dennis means business.

"We are doing all kinds of foundation work, concrete work, posts, columns, steps. It’s pretty devastating what it did to this area."

Dennis has forever altered the landscape of Alligator Point as well as the way people here think about a storm that hit 150 miles away.

The main road through Alligator Point was destroyed by the storm surge from Dennis. A makeshift dirt trail is now open, but officials plan to rebuild the road back further from the coast.


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