PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Unlike its sister station, Naval Support Activity, the Coast Guard Station in Panama City is not visible from the street. But much like other stations, the Coast Guard sustained its own set of damages.
At the Coast Guard Station in Panama City, the destruction left by Hurricane Michael still lingers.
Cement slabs are now all that's left where buildings once stood and trailers take the place of offices.
Master Chief Mark Kannan said, "Upon arriving back to the base I knew that I had substantial damage to the base but I had estimated about 50 percent. Fast forward until today we are approximately about 85 percent loss of the infrastructure here."
While the base will rebuild, it won't be happening any time soon. "These things take a long time and a lot of this is depending on Congress approving a supplement budget and stuff like that. We kind of estimate roughly about five to roughly eight years before reconstruction will start here," said Kannan.
He added that with the help of outlying Coast Guard units, the Panama City base has been able to make do, but as the base returns to normal operations, it still faces challenges.
"It has had no impact on our mission. We're still performing at the same level we were performing before the storm, just having to navigate a lot of infrastructure challenges to do it," said Kannan. Proving that even the military is not immune to the storm's aftermath.