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Man returns to Mexico Beach home after Hurricane Michael, learns neighbor was killed

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) -- Many of the houses in Mexico Beach, Florida are vacation homes and many of them are no longer standing after Hurricane Michael's destruction. 

Missing roofs and houses completely flattened. It’s the new landscape of Mexico Beach, Florida. Allen Dvorak bought this home in Mexico Beach seven months ago. This charming town is where he and his wife always wanted to retire.

“The little city and the mom and pop restaurants, no crowds and dog friendly, that kind of stuff,” said Allen Dvorak, Mexico Beach resident.

Hurricane Michael had other plans. 

“Just indescribable, you can't even find the words to tell friends,” explained Dvorak.

Dvork evacuated to Alabama when he heard the category 4 storm was approaching. He was not expecting the scale of destruction when he came back. Dvorak's neighbor did not make it out alive.

“She decided to stay and I didn't know what she was doing, otherwise I would've invited her up with us," Dvorak said. 

He said he doesn't know how long it'll take to get a sense of normalcy. His plan is to take it day by day.

“People around here are tough and they're pulling together so all we can do is hope and pray,” he continued.

He said his plans to retire in Mexico Beach have not changed. 

 


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