One year later: Wallace reflects on impact fo Hurricane Michael

first_img You Might Like By Jaine Treadwell “It was gone. The Mexico Beach that I knew was just gone,” he said. “There is no way to describe the devastation.”Wallace Pump and Supply had an inventory that would be beneficial to the residents of Mexico Beach but it was not business as usual.“We ran off a generator for five months,” Wallace said. “We had one computer and no internet service for seven months. We had to run credit cards at our pump and supply business in Brundidge. But we were fortunate to even be open.”The three bay doors at Wallace Pump and Supply in Mexico Beach were boarded for three months but boarded houses and businesses were the norm for the small beach town. One year later: Wallace reflects on impact fo Hurricane Michael Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Latest Stories The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 1:11 am Thursday, October 10, 2019 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Next UpCot Wallace reflected on the devastation he found when he arrived at the family business the next day.“I didn’t know what to expect when I got there,” he said. “My main concern was for our employees who had ridden out the storm. They could have been killed. I didn’t know what I would find.”Wallace left Troy around 8 a.m. the day after Michael on a drive that, under normal circumstances, would have taken far less than three hours. He arrived in Mexico Beach in a little over 10 hours.Wallace was relieved to find his employees had survived the deadly hurricane. But he could not believe the devastation. By The Penny Hoarder Today, a year ago, on October 10, 2018, Chip and Cot Wallace of Troy were keeping close eyes on Hurricane Michael as it was predicted to make landfall in the vicinity of Mexico Beach, Florida where the Wallace family owned and operated a pump and supply business.Hurricane Michael made landfall around 12:30 CDT between Mexico Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida as a Category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.The news flash came. “It’s all gone. Mexico Beach, tiny Florida town nearly swept away by Hurricane Michael.” And, sadly, not much has changed in the year following Michael unwelcomed visit.“There are some signs of recovery and some people have built back but Mexico Beach is just starting to recover,” Wallace said.An indication of how long the recovery might take can be illustrated in the number of trash collections being made in the small beach town.“Before Michael, trash collections were around 3,000; now that number is around 300,” Wallace said. “There was once four motels. Not one motel is open. Of the four churches in Mexico Beach, only one has services. Neither of the two banks is open. Only two restaurants are open but they serve outside in the parking lot.”Wallace said there are no gas stations in Mexico Beach and no grocery stores. But the opening of the bridge on Highway 98 two weeks ago is reason for encouragement.“Recovery will be slow and Mexico Beach will probably never be the same,” Wallace said. “It will take time, maybe a long time, but I believe that Mexico Beach will recover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits FLU SEASON: Shirley a strong advocate for getting flu shots An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you don’t believe that, just ask James Shirley of… read more Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img

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