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Florida barrier island residents recount horror of Hurricane Ian: ‘Thought for sure we were dying'

Added 10-02-22 12:18:04pm EST - “The US Coast Guard was running evacuations by boat from Sanibel and Pine islands, which were disconnected from the peninsula after the superstorm wiped out a section of the sole bridge.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Florida barrier island residents recount horror of Hurricane Ian: ‘Thought for sure we were dying’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rescue efforts continued Sunday on Florida’s decimated barrier islands, where Hurricane Ian made landfall last week.

The US Coast Guard was running evacuations by boat from Sanibel and Pine islands, which were disconnected from the peninsula after the superstorm wiped out a section of the sole bridge that connects them and the mainland.

Paramedics and volunteers from the non-profit Medic Corps went door to door on Pine Island on Saturday searching for people.

For some residents, it was the first time they had seen outsiders since Wednesday’s landfall. Many were anxious to immediately be taken to a shelter, while others asked for another day to pack.

The rescue crews heard harrowing tales of survival, including from many who were trapped in their homes amid the fast-rising water. Days after the storm, once bucolic Pine Island resembled a war zone, with homes splintered or leveled and boats strewn on top of roadways.

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