Connecticut Red Cross volunteer in Florida describes heartbreaking scenes following hurricane

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The scenes coming out of Florida have been unbelievable, especially from up above. 

Entire neighborhoods — gone. The recovery — slow going. 

Joe Apicelli is a Red Cross volunteer from Groton.

He’s been down in Panama City for the last four days, an area hit hard by Hurricane Michael. 

He took some photos which show a small portion of the damage. 

“You talk to the people that have been affected by Hurricane Michael and the anxiety, despair and horror is really sinking in,” he said.

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Many of those people are still in shock and are trying to make sense of it all. 

Apicelli and countless volunteers have been delivering meals to shelters and homes that are still standing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to that, blankets, diapers and baby food. 

“We’re limited with how much we can offer because the clients have nowhere to put anything. Their homes are literally blown off the foundation,” Apicelli said.

This is just one of the many challenges people are facing. 

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Apicelli added that the road to recovery is going to be a long one. 

Much of this reminds him of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago. 

“Our plan is to make their lives a little bit better in the short term it. It’s a long project and it’s hard to watch because the despair is everywhere, but the Red Cross is here for them,” he stated.

Apicelli expects to be down in the Panhandle for at least two more weeks. 

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