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Santa Rosa Co debris pick/up on Rancho Villa Drive in Gulf Breeze

SANTA ROSA COUNTY -- Santa Rosa County started picking up debris left curbside by people affected by the flooding last week.
The county's public works department was busy along Rancho Villa Drive in Gulf Breeze Friday.

Santa Rosa Public Works brought out the heavy equipment to pick up debris piles throughout the county.

"God bless them, they came by and picked up this pile of rubbish out here, and there will probably be more because there is still stuff I have to go through" said Jerry Evatt, Flood Victim.

The storm left Jerry's home several inches underwater.
He says it took the water nearly a week to recede.
He's lived in his home for 25 years, and throwing out lifelong possessions isn't easy.

"Photos and military certificates, graduation certificates you know, and hopefully we'll be able to save at least some of them" said Evatt.

Even though roughly 60% of Jerry's possessions have been hauled to the landfill, he still plans to fix up his home, and remain in his Gulf Breeze neighborhood.

"I love this area, and I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else" said Evatt.

The debris clean-up has been a welcome sight to residents.