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Florida Keys first responders clean up post-Irma damage

October 1, 2017

Alexandra Pabon is a high school senior and a Florida Keys native. Pabon’s parents are officers for Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and were some of the first responders on the scene after Hurricane Irma blew through the Florida Keys. The deadly storm, then a Category 4, ravaged the area with 130 mph winds and a 15 foot storm surge.


Officers mostly stayed put in the Keys the days leading up to Irma’s arrival. It was not until the day before Irma made landfall in the islands that Pabon’s parents were told to evacuate.


“I had to drive up to Pensacola alone,” Pabon said early that Saturday. “They just had to evacuate because it’s looking very bad.”


Officers returned immediately after the storm passed to fallen trees, flooded houses, entire vehicles piled up on the sides of the roads and signs posted asking for supplies. As the county came together and the full wreckage was realized, images of revival were revealed from those witnessing the cleanup.


(Photos courtesy of Alexandra Pabon of Islamorada, Florida and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office of Key West, Florida.)



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