After Hurricane Matthew, Brevard cleans up

Brevard Co.'s power coming back on, residents cleaning up, fixing fences

Hurricane Matthew brought down trees, power lines and pummeled homes and businesses. On Saturday (Oct. 8), Brevard County began the process of restoring order.

Rockledge

• Nancy Todd, who lives near Rockledge Country Club said her residence lost fencing and that she currently had no power but otherwise did okay.  "Feel very lucky. We have a very big picture window," Todd said. "I said as long as we don't lose that, if we're out of power for a couple of days, even a week it's all worth it."

She, along with her family stayed in Rockledge during the storm.

"Actually it was not as bad as I thought. We all slept through it," Todd said. "We made a safe room just in case. We saw a lot of people boarding up their windows which made me a little bit nervous but at that point it was a little bit too late."

She was at Lowe's in Rockledge early Saturday morning getting supplies she needed to help clean up.

"Just clean up, rakes, some bins, and some trash bags to clean up the yard. I think everybody's doing that in there," Todd added.

Merritt Island

• Residents woke early in the Twin Rivers neighborhood on Merritt Island to pick up tree limbs and palm fronds littering yards. Fences had been picked apart by the winds, with many missing planks and others down entirely. Soffits lay scattered across lawns.

Cocoa Beach

• Home Depot doing a brisk business of fence posts and Sakrete, DOT contractors clearing trees from A1A in Cocoa Beach and residents along South Orlando Avenue began early cleaning up yard debris.

Power lines were still hanging low this morning in at least one are of south Cocoa Beach and many traffic light were no operable. Police officer were at some of those intersections along A1A. Intersections were traffic lights are out should be treated as a four-way stop.

Brevard County

Power was expected to be restored by Sunday night to "essentially all" of Brevard FPL customers, the company reported Saturday.

— Contributors: Chris Bonanno, Mara Bellaby, Malcolm Denemark, Jeff Meesey, R. Norman Moody

Florida Today


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