WASHINGTON COUNTY - After being declared a federal disaster state, but with about 95-percent of the roads passable, county officials are looking forward to the county putting in the work to get back to its normalcy.
Washington County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Tray Hawkins said Tuesday afternoon that the message is simple: Washington County is looking for a hand up to "help us back up off the ground."
"Washington County has weathered the third worst storm that ever hit the mainland of the U.S.," Hawkins said. "The resilience of the individuals is admirable, as the least."
Hurricane Michael ripped through the Panhandle Wednesday, leaving an aftermath of a trail of downed trees, power lines and broken communication systems.
While 17 deaths caused by the storm have been reported throughout the region, no fatalities have been reported in Washington County.
But the indiscriminate ravishing path Hurricane Michael left in its aftermath, has reminded everyone how unpredictable a storm can be - and how naive one can become when predicting the outcome.
"I feel that we did not appreciate mother nature and she showed us her force," he said. "We'll get back to some since of normalcy in Washington County."
As of Tuesday, power outage numbers had dwindled to less than 50 within the county. Also, curfew was rescinded Tuesday night.
Three Federal Emergency Management Agency points of distribution has been opened: Chipley High School, Vernon High School and at Possum Palace in Wausau. The hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Water, packaged food, and flyers with the latest information related to the storm is being distributed.
A general population and special needs shelter is still operational at Kate M. Smith Elementary.
FEMA will be making door-to-door stops to further assess the individual impact on the community and identify needs.
Per the individual and the community as a whole, Hawkins concluded: "We love them and care about each one of them and we're working hard to make sure we get their quality of life back to the way it was before the storm in Washington County."
County offices resumed normal business hours on Wednesday.