Jacksonville mayor goes door to door in Ribault to view Irma damage

Mayor Lenny Curry checks on residents, passes out water

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Water has finally started to recede in the Ribault area of Jacksonville's Northside, but there is still plenty of damage to clean up after Hurricane Irma. 

On Wednesday, Mayor Lenny Curry went door to door, checking on residents and passing out water.

Many families said they're exhausted from the floodwaters and they're trying to salvage what they have. 

Curry talked with Brendle Miller and her husband. Water was still hovering inches away from their back window on Wednesday.

"I think I'm still in shock," Miller said. "It's been devastating and so unreal."

Miller said the water came rushing in during the storm, going all the way up to her door, and they had to escape. 

"We slept on the table," Miller said. "That morning, it was just rushing in so we broke the window out, and we climbed out in the water. And I don't swim, so I walked through that water to a neighbor's house."

The couple later returned to their home to clean up. Friends and family have been helping them throw out furniture.

Curry said the Miller family's resilience motivates him.

"These people are going through this, living through it. I'm just doing my job," he said. "These people keep me going."

The Millers said they will continue to monitor their home, but they don't know what will happen right now because they don't have flood insurance.

The family has found a clean and safe place to stay. 

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