Despite receiving help, many still don’t know what comes next after Ian

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Hurricane Ian damage

Lakes Regional Library has become the disaster recovery center for Lee County and is the place where people impacted by the storm in varying ways come together to get help.

A lot of the people who visit the disaster recovery center don’t what the next move is for them after Hurricane Ian. Some, though, are surprised by the amount of help they are able to get.

One couple who lived in a mobile home in the San Carlos Park area said their home looked fine from the outside, but on the inside, it was a different story.

“We just renovated the place. We were just starting to really enjoy everything,” said the couple. “Our house, fortunately, unfortunately, looked like nothing had happened, but once you walked in, it was just a complete disaster.”

The damage inside the home was due to water that made its way inside. The water picked up their belongings, moved them around, and then dropped them back down as it receded.

The couple said their experience at the disaster recovery center was a good one. They said the lines moved quickly, and they were able to speak with FEMA and insurance about their damage.

The couple said they were able to get help at the disaster recovery center, but they said they still don’t know what comes next for them.

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