Weekend Reads "We have nowhere to go": in Florida, the city of Fort Myers Beach destroyed by Hurricane Ian

16:00  01 october  2022
16:00  01 october  2022 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  « Nous n’avons nulle part où aller » : en Floride, la ville de Fort Myers Beach détruite par l’ouragan Ian © Copyright 2022, the Obs

Pete Belinda and his wife walk slowly along a road Outside Fort Myers Beach, in the southwest of Florida. They are tired and each drag a big suitcase. "That's all we have left," he whispers.

Located on the banks of the Gulf of Mexico, his peaceful city has become the epicenter of destruction caused by Hurricane Ian on Wednesday September 28.

A Fort Myers, Florida, Hurricane Ian leaves a spectacle of desolation

The couple lived on the ground floor of the house of their daughter, where he had settled six months ago, but the storm left homeless. Pete Belinda, 52 years old:

“Everything is above-mentioned, all covered with mud. We don't really know what to do now. We call our friends and family to see where we could live because we have nowhere to go. A deserted city

Fort Myers Beach is now an almost deserted city, traveled only by emergency services vehicles and a few people who briefly return home to see the damage.

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The part of the city most affected by Ian, the one by the sea, on the island of Estero, is a field of ruins. The police prohibit access to anyone who does not live in this neighborhood but a helicopter flight makes it possible to see the extent of the damage.

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The winds of the Hurricane of category 4 destroyed the many wooden houses of the region and, in certain places, there are not even rubble to See, only vacant lots where there was once a house.

Rich Gibboni is one of the inhabitants who lost his house. "The second floor collapsed because of the wind, and the first floor was flooded up to the roof," he said, resigned.

This 50 -year -old man went to another district of Fort Myers Beach to seek refueling but returned to the island of Estero, where he found refuge in a hotel with around twenty people.

"We have never experienced anything like this"

Chris Bills, a 72 -year -old woman, drives her hat on her head while waiting for a bus to get her with her husband. This afternoon, a patrol of the emergency services gave them two hours to recover their belongings and leave the apartment they had rented for a few days near the sea. The couple traveled from England so far to enjoy good weather and ignored the hurricane forecasts.

"I didn't think it would be so strong. I was very scared. We had never experienced anything like this before.

In this district, the force of the hurricane has left dozens of boats immobilized in the streets and however trained cars in a neighboring bay where they have been floating since.

Rich Gibboni does not lose hope despite the damage caused by Ian, gradually demoted on Friday in post-tower storm.

"The mood is good. We have to survive. We have to start again. It will take a long time, so we have to regain strength, ”he says.

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