The aftermath of Hurricane Hermine left Cedar Key roads flooded and littered with dead seagulls Friday.
Until 11 a.m., officials blocked nearly 40 cars off the bridge leading into Cedar Key Island, which had been covered in water until early morning. Residents and business owners are now allowed to enter.
Not too far past the bridge sat a blackened building, what’s left of a local clam farm that has been in the area for at least 25 years.
“There was no loss of life,” said Joseph Cannon, manager of Cedar Key Gulf Coast Gold, whose shop burned down Thursday night during an electrical fire. “These people are tough; everybody will come out of it. These people care.”
Firefighters, knee deep in rainwater, fought the fire all night until the morning, Cannon said, but lost.
“It’s just a building,” he said. “Yeah, we lost the equipment, we lost the building, but we’re all O.K.”
Cannon worries about the millions of dollars of clams he said are underwater and hopes they weren’t buried by the storm.
Tiawua Lindley, 65, moved to Cedar Key two months ago, but said he is not new to hurricanes. Water slapped his house Thursday night. Piles of debris scattered across his yard and his windows shook. Firefighters attempted to put out the electrical fire next door, he said. "I haven't even gone to town yet, I've just been dealing with this," he said, shaking his head. "I heard they got wrecked." (Briana Erickson/WUFT News)