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Resident: Sanibel Island will rebuild after Ian

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART MUST CREDIT CITY OF SANIBEL / PART MUST CREDIT CHUCK LARSEN/SANTIVA CHRONICLE.COMCITY OF SANIBEL - MUST CREDIT CITY OF SANIBELSanibel, Florida - 28 September 20221. Street flooding caused by Hurricane Ian's heavy storm surgeHEADLINE: Resident says Sanibel Island will rebuild after Ian++SHOT #1 COVERS SOUNDBITE #2++ASSOCIATED PRESSOrlando, Florida - 2 October 20222. SOUNDBITE (English) Chuck Larsen, photographer and Sanibel resident:"It's devastated. The surge from the hurricane came through. I was staying in a condominium on the Gulf and the surge through our area, through our units, was about nine feet."++SOUNDBITE #3 PARTLY COVERED BY SHOT #4++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Chuck Larsen, photographer and Sanibel resident:"We had glass windows, slider windows on the Gulf (of Mexico) that were rated for 150 miles an hour. So I have to tell you, I felt fairly safe going into this. But when the glass blew out and started shattering inside, when the second set of slider windows that was the second barrier inside from the lanai, when those blew out, I realized this was a problem. It initially had seemed like just a storm of strong winds and a lot of rain. But when the glass sliders blew out, it changed the whole thing. The destruction was water and wind inside. There are 30 units in our complex. 22 suffered the same fate."VALIDATED UGC - MUST CREDIT CHUCK LARSEN/SANTIVA CHRONICLE.COM++USER GENERATED CONTENT: This video has been authenticated by AP based on the following validation checks:++Video and audio content checked by regional experts against known locations and events++Video is consistent with independent AP reporting++Video cleared for use by all AP clients by content creator Chuck LarsenSanibel, Florida - 28 September-2 October 20224. Various, video showing Hurricane Ian's winds and storm surgeASSOCIATED PRESSOrlando, Florida - 2 October 20225. SOUNDBITE (English) Chuck Larsen, photographer and Sanibel resident:++SHOT #6 COVERS SOUNDBITE #5++(On the decision to stay on Sanibel through the storm)"Before the storm hit, one of the biggest concerns a day before it hit by city government was that if the winds reached 45 miles an hour of sustained speed, they would have to close down the causeway and not allow anybody across until the storm passed and they could reopen it. So turned out the storm closed the causeway. It was it was much bigger than we had anticipated. So I think it would have been a different decision had we known."ASSOCIATED PRESSFt. Myers, Florida - 29 September 20226. Drone aerials of collapsed Sanibel CausewayASSOCIATED PRESSOrlando, Florida - 2 October 20227. SOUNDBITE (English) Chuck Larsen, photographer and Sanibel resident:"Originally it was headed more toward Tampa. We thought we'd have some high winds and some some rain and maybe a few trees down and some power lines down. And then it kept edging further south down the coast. And by the time you fully realize that you're going to be right in the middle of it, it's too late to evacuate. Early warnings are something that people should heed."8. SOUNDBITE (English) Chuck Larsen, photographer and Sanibel resident:"Sanibel Island is a very cohesive community. It will rebuild. It won't happen immediately. I think it will probably happen faster than most people might think. But it will need a complete rebuild: electric grid, water systems. It's going to take a lot of work. But it will come back. I have no doubt about that. It's that kind of a community."ASSOCIATED PRESSSanibel, Florida – 30 September 2022++SHOT #9 PARTLY COVERS SOUNDBITE #8++9. Aerials of destruction on Sanibel IslandSTORYLINE:A photographer who helps chronicle life on Florida's Sanibel Island stayed there during Hurricane Ian.Chuck Larsen with Santiva says Ian was a "scary" storm that has devastated the barrier island, perhaps best known as a favorite spot for people who enjoy collecting shells from the beach.Larsen was rescued off the island and is now in Orlando. He tells The Associated Press he knew the storm was serious when two sets of glass sliding windows meant to withstand 150 mile-per-hour winds gave way.Most of the condominiums in his condo development suffered serious damage.He says the community will rebuild but that it will "take some time."The causeway to the mainland was heavily damaged and will have to be rebuilt.Larsen says people who have visited Sanibel on vacations likely wouldn't recognize much of it now.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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