MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — It’s been nearly four months since Hurricane Michael, and many locals are playing waiting games.
Whether they’re waiting on insurance, FEMA, or cable and internet, it’s been a long few months for many trying to recover.
While many residents seek to leave the devastation of Mexico Beach, the Sebastiaos won’t say goodbye to Mexico Beach.
“The home is gone, but our heart’s still here,” Bela Sebastiao said.
Within the last few months, they’ve collected their insurance money and waited for FEMA’s help. They live in a camper without running water or electricity.
“We probably won’t know how to turn on lights when we finally get them, or a TV,” they said.
In late December, a FEMA trailer arrived. However, Hurricane Michael destroyed much of the city’s sewage infrastructure. The west side of town still doesn’t have working lift stations, and city leaders said they won’t for at least six more months.
FEMA doesn’t allow temporary residents to move into trailers that aren’t hooked up to all utilities.