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Westside family left homeless after Matthew

JEA unable to restore power

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A family of five who lives on Jacksonville's Westside is starting over after their home was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

JEA crews came to Cedric Nesbitt's home on Rewis Road, near Jones Road and Commonwealth Avenue, after the storm and told him there was nothing they could do to restore power.

"No they advised against it," said Nesbitt. "So we had the power shut off here."

Nesbitt said he has a lot of sentiment trapped inside the family's home.

"If you walk right in there you can still see family pictures hanging in there which we can't get to," said Nesbitt.

News4JAX first spoke to Nesbitt during the height of the storm. He said a large tree crashed into a power line and into his home.

Nesbitt said his biggest regret is not having homeowner's insurance before the storm hit.

"I chalk it up as a learning lesson it hurts but it is what it is," said Nesbitt.

The family was reaching out to the American Red Cross for assistance.

If you were also impacted by the storm and are looking for disaster relief, call the hotline at 844-221-4160.