Panhandle slowly recovering four months after Hurricane Michael

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael left its mark on countless homes, businesses, and structures throughout the Panhandle.

Four months later, residents are slowly getting back to some sense of normal.

Andrew Hamre, a Springfield resident said, "This kind of has become our new normal so we'd like to go back to the old normal. It's going to take a little more time, a lot more effort. But, I'm looking forward to when everyone can move back into the neighborhood."

Like many, Hamre has been hard at work repairing his home, but the repairs have a more personal meaning to him and his family saying,
"Having grown up here in this home and returning after I retired from the military, it means a lot to me to see this home put back together and being able to move back."

Residents we spoke to say they want to see more improvements as time goes on like more debris pickup in harder hit areas as well as more housing options for those in need.

On the other side of town recovery efforts are underway for the Panama City and St. Andrews marinas as well.

Mark McQueen, the City Manager for Panama City said,
"With regard to the St. Andrews Marina, we still have five vessels that need to be removed from there as well as the Panama City Marina. Insurance companies are working with salvage companies to remove those vessels and so it takes a little bit more time, but at the end of the day, we're going to have marinas that we're all proud of and that we'll be able to enjoy."

Hamre added, "Things have definitely gotten better from where they were four months ago and so has our spirits, they're uplifted seeing the progress that's been made."