Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record, swept through the state of Florida on Sept. 10. Though it was downgraded to a Category 1 storm by the time it hit North Central Florida, the damage lingered in the area for months.

Here are some of the stories WUFT’s Grace King anchored and produced before, during and after the storm.

Ohio Animal Rescuers Clear Florida Shelters Ahead Of Irma (Sept. 9)

An Ohio animal shelter is doing its part to help four-legged evacuees of Hurricane Irma.

The League for Animal Welfare, an Ohio based no-kill shelter, sent an emergency transport team to Gainesville, Fla. to help pull homeless cats and dogs from local shelters to clear space for animals displaced by the hurricane.

The group took a total of 17 animals from Gainesville Pet Rescue, Alachua County Humane Society, Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue, and Helping Hands Pet Rescue.

Levy County Residents Under Mandatory Evacuations (Sept. 10)

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for all Levy County residents due to Hurricane Irma.

There are four shelters in Levy County: Bronson Elementary School, Bronson Middle/High School, Williston Middle/High School and Williston Elementary School.

Officials released a statement Saturday evening saying Cedar Key and Yankeetown could be inaccessible due to damages from the storm. 

Flooding Still a Problem for Robin Lane Residents (Sept. 15)

When Wendy Sheehan heard Hurricane Irma was on the way, she wasn’t too concerned. Her family placed sandbags around the house to prevent flooding and hoped for the best.

But by 8 a.m. the next morning, water began seeping through her doorway. Her entire home was flooded within the hour.

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Columbia County Residents Demand Assistance (Oct. 5)

More than three weeks after Hurricane Irma, some Columbia County residents are still dealing with flooding from the Santa Fe River.

At a meeting hosted by “Our Santa Fe River”, those residents made emotional pleas to state agencies and local government officials, asking for help with a flooded private road leading to their homes.

I spoke to one family who fears help may never come.

Residents Vent Lingering Irma Frustrations (Nov. 2)

Nearly two months after Hurricane Irma first brought flooding to the area, some Alachua County families are still without a place to live. 

In response to this and other lingering problems after Irma, the county’s engineering team held a meeting Wednesday at Alachua County Public Works.

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Alachua County Commission Addresses Flooding (Dec. 6)

Alachua county residents spoke up last night at a special Board of County Commissioners meeting that covered proposed plans the Public Works department created to fix the major flooding problems in areas across the county.

This is the first major step taken since the 2010 Stormwater Master Plan, which never advanced beyond the plan’s presentation.

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