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>> We're gonna get it rebuilt or something. Something's gonna happen good and I know it. Gotta be positive.>> Residents of the battered Florida Keys getting back on the islands to see what remains in the wake of Hurricane Irma.>> I'm Andy Sullivan. Islamorada, one of the Florida Keys that's now open to residents who want to return and check on their homes.
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For some residents, there's nothing to return to. As you can see, the devastation in this trailer park is nearly complete. It's hard to imagine that there's anything salvageable here. Other areas are more intact and authorities are beginning the process of clearing the roads, restoring power, water and other essential services.
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But make no mistake, this tourist mecca has suffered a devastating blow from Hurricane Irma. They Keys were cut off from civilization shortly after Irma made landfall on Sunday morning. The scope of the devastation only becoming clear now. Boats, lumber, even hot tubs piled up by the side of the road.
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Trees uprooted, gas station canopies ripped from there moorings. Laura Costello hoping to get back to work soon tending bar at a nearby resort, wondering where she'll live now that her trailer is destroyed. Everyone's devastated here.>> Yeah, yeah.>> Everyone, not one looks like it survived. It's difficult, it made me cry, of course.
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But I'm alive, that's the best part, and I'm gonna keep on keeping on.>> Brooke Gilbert stunned by the collapse of her family's vacation condo turned to rubble by the storm.>> That was three stories and here it is below the driveway.>> Like so much of Florida, the Keys still without power.
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Many islands>> still off limits and all under a curfew. No one allowed to stay past sundown. There's about 80,000 people who live here in the Florida Keys and many more tourists who come down for the snorkeling, boating and scuba diving. That tourism business wiped out by the storm and it's likely to take a long time to recover.
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It's gonna take enormous logistical difficulties to bring in workers and material to rebuild this resorts and homes as well>> For people in the Florida Keys, the road back is likely to be long and arduous.