Storm Damages Wewahitchka Homes, Cars, and Power Lines

By: Cameron Taylor Email
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WEWAHITCHKA - Gulf County and Wewahitchka city officials are cleaning up storm damage that's affected dozens of people. The storm took down several power lines and left about 100 people without electricity.

Wewahitchka residents are dealing with fallen trees, downed power lines, and destroyed roof tops after an intense storm Tuesday. Gulf County's emergency operations center started receiving calls around 9:30 A.M. Tuesday morning.

"We've had emergency crews out here assessing the damage. Of course as you can still see, we still have power line crews out here. We still have crews out getting debris and stuff out of the roads," said Marshall Nelson, Director of Gulf County's Emergency Operations Center.

They say most of the damage involves tree limbs landing on power lines, cars, or even homes. Some victims of the storm had their entire roof blown away.

"Well I just got a call that said I should check this area down here. They said they thought my store was hit and actually it was my house over there, so I got lucky," said Phillip Gaskin, a Wewahitchka resident.

The storm also hit Gaskin's store, damaging his outside sign, not even close to the damage to his home's roof. Gulf County EMS officials say the damage should be fixed quickly.

"Just depends on how quick they can get in there and get to it and start repairing it. Of course, it probably will be pretty quick. It is roof damage and with the reins, they can probably get in here pretty quick," said Nelson.

Wewahitchka city officials say they aren't sure how much it will cost to repair the damage, but they expect it to be in the thousands. While officials are cleaning up the damage, victims are keeping a positive attitude about the situation.

"It's just part of life. You know, we're going to get on through. It's not anything we can't control, you know, and handle," said Gaskin.

Gulf Coast Electric co-op crews are completing power line repairs and hope to restore power Tuesday evening.

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