Jefferson City native in Florida escapes major Irma damage
COOPER CITY, FL —
Jefferson City native and JCHS graduate, Alicia Schneider braved Irma in Cooper City, Florida.
Cooper City is in between Fort Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Schneider said a majority of the damage in town is from wind damage. She said many trees are down in streets, on top of cars, and houses as a result of wind damage. Many areas of town are covered in debris. Police officers are directing traffic around the trees.
"Things are going well. We survived. We have a lot of tree damage specifically tree damage and of course things that go with tree damage. We have some structural damage. A lot of cars got smashed, but we made it. That's the important part, we made it," Schneider said.
Schneider's home was not hit by any fallen trees.
Schneider said there was a little flooding due to storm surges, but that the roads are clear of water for the most part. She also said at one point there were six tornado warnings in one hour.
Cooper City still had a curfew on Tuesday morning. Residents are told not to leave their homes earlier than 10 a.m. and residents without power should return home between 10 and 11 p.m.
Schneider said some parts of town lost power for 30 hours, but neighbors said her neighborhood was without power for only 30 minutes.
The exhaustion Schneider said came from preparations for the storm, not from riding out the storm itself.
"Everybody was just exhausted. I think a lot of the buildup and the week before, preparing, making sure we had everything we needed; once it started coming in and we had a chance to just sit down and relax everyone was just tired," Schneider said.
Locals in Cooper City are expected to come together to help others who were hit harder by the storm.
"People that didn't get hit as hard are really stepping up and helping the people that need the help to be able to get out, maybe the debris is blocking their house. They're really stepping up and they're really taking care of each other," Schneider said.
Schneider said friends of hers who evacuated to Atlanta are having trouble returning due to gas shortages.