Governor: ‘Work to do’ for Florida to recover after Irma

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By JASON DEAREN and MARTHA MENDOZA

Associated Press

LOWER MATECUMBE KEY, Fla. (AP) – Florida residents are drifting back from shelters and far-away havens to see Hurricane Irma’s scattershot destruction.

Flooded streets remained Tuesday, and the count of damaged and totaled homes ticked upward even as some curfews were lifted, flights resumed and amusement park rides again twirled.

Crews were working to repair the lone highway connecting the Keys. Residents of some of the islands closest to Florida’s mainland were allowed to return and get their first look at the devastation two days after Irma roared in with 130 mph (209 kph) winds.

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long says preliminary estimates suggested that 25 percent of the homes in the Keys were destroyed and 65 percent sustained major damage.

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