Tyndall repairs may take up to a month

Elizabeth Howe
October 12, 2018 - 9:29 am

Photo courtesy of Glenn Fawcett

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Hurricane Michael is long gone from the Florida Panhandle, but Tyndall Air Force Base is far from finished cleaning up the mess left behind by a direct hit from the storm. Col. Brian Laidlaw, commander of the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall released a statement via Facebook last night about the installation's "extensive cleanup and repairs." Basic utilities must be restored, roads must be cleared and building integrity must be assessed. 

One Tyndall airman shared in a social media post that repairs were expected to take up to a month. A Stars and Stripes before and after gallery shows the damage to rooftops and buildings that are now missing altogther.  

While Tyndall took a direct hit from Michael, the hurricane's destruction spanned the entire panhandle before moving into the Carolinas and Virginia. Nearly 3,000 National Guard troops from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina have been activated to provide relief. According to a National Guard report, before the hurricane even made landfall, 2,216 active-duty personnel were in position, along with 32 helicopters, 240 high-water vehicles and 32 swift-water boats.

In addition to National Guard personnel, countless other teams and organizations have offered relief to those affected by Michael. The Cajun Navy got to work within hours of Michael's landfall, Team Rubicon's 85,000-strong volunteer force joined the efforts, and the American Legion's National Emergency Fund offers financial relief.

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