Six months after Hurricane Michael hit Fla. Panhandle recovery is slow for those most vulnerable

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News Two’s CB Cotton is on assignment on Panama City, Florida helping sister station, WMBB, with coverage. She shares this story of recovery efforts. 

Next week will mark six months since Hurricane Michael ravaged communities across the Florida Panhandle; everyone is still working towards a “new normal” 

The process of recovery can be difficult for some of the most vulnerable – senior citizens. 

The Bay County Council on Aging says their volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program strive to do more than just providing food. 

Volunteer Teressa Longo said, “giving back is a good feeling.” 

Once a week, Longo travels to various parts of Bay County in the Florida Panhandle – delivering meals to seniors. 

She said much of her route has extensive damage from Hurricane Michael.

Longo added that the downed trees and roof damage have made senior citizens susceptible to price-gouging. 

87-year-old Carl Anderson, is one of those seniors. 

“A fellow come from New York…wanted $12,000 to remove trees from the property. I argued with him and got him down to 5 thousand.” 

Anderson credited his daily visits from Meals On Wheels volunteers, that kept him informed about the price-gouging tactics. 

The Bay County Council on Aging agreed, and said the visits provide interpersonal relationships for seniors, and a chance for them to get valuable knowledge. 

The Council serves meals Monday through Friday and up to 150 meals each day. 

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