By: Michael Hudak | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 13, 2019
MARIANNA, Fla. (WCTV) -- Al Blanton and his family have owned a building off of Lafayette Street in Marianna since 1879, but they've never seen anything like this.
"360 degrees. Everywhere you looked, there was total devastation," Blanton said.
The building sits at the Mount Rushmore of Marianna: a stone's throw away from the town's post office. Five months after Hurricane Michael caved in the building's roof, it's finally being repaired.
Just 100 yards down the block, the sound of banging hammers echo through Dennis Creamer's shoe shop.
"The trees being removed is just the most amazing thing I've seen," Creamer said. "Just piles and million and tons of trees moved and debris moved. It's unreal to me."
Through the struggle, everyday people in the community have rallied together to make Marianna a little more recognizable. They've leaned on and depended on each other. They had no other choice.
"There are a lot less blue tarps than there were a couple of months ago," Al Blanton said. "You sort of look around and that's an indication of progress for us."
"Just keep at it," Creamer added. "We're going to get through this. We already bounced back. It's beginning to look more like home now."