Jackson County recovery efforts almost seven months after Hurricane Michael

Published: May. 9, 2019 at 8:47 PM CDT
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The damage done by Hurricane Michael is widespread and still prominent in many people's everyday lives.

Jackson County was no exception when it comes to the damages caused by Hurricane Michael.

Wilanne Daniels, Jackson County Administrator, said, "We have, you know, an estimated $91,000,000 in damage to our buildings and county properties and very little of that has been fixed yet."

County officials say they're working hard to rebuild the area.

"We have a long list of things to tackle, but our most immediate priority is the courthouse," said Daniels.

They say they're staying positive despite the many challenges.

"We have moved as quickly as we can, again, a challenge that has been presented is a recovery process is a full-time job in and of itself and we still have our regular job to do so we are balancing not only our regular jobs but we are balancing that with a full-time job of recovery," said Daniels.

Jackson County Emergency Management Director Rodney Andreasen says he believes the recovery process is going well.

"I've been impressed with what's happened, I just, I'm so proud of Jackson Countians, I mean they have done unbelievably well," said Andreasen.

Part of the recovery effort is preparing for the upcoming hurricane season, something the Emergency Operations Center is already doing.

"We don't look at these as problems, we look at them as opportunities for improvement and that's what we're doing we're going to improve and we'll be better than we were before," said Andreasen.

As far as the recovery process goes...

"I think in general we are doing really well," said Daniels.

While the process is slow, county officials say they're happy with the progress they have made almost seven months later.

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