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Florida's island dwellers continue to dig out from Ian

SHOTLISTRESTRICTION SUMMARY:++PART MUTE++ASSOCIATED PRESSMatlacha, Florida – 4 October 20221. Various drone aerials of damage on Pine Island ++MUTE++ANNOTATION: Pine Island, the largest barrier island off Florida's Gulf Coast, is largely cut off from the outside world.2. Various of damage in and around Pine Island ++PART MUTE++ANNOTATION: Hurricane Ian heavily damaged its causeway and rendered its towns reachable only by boat or aircraft.3. Wide of military helicopter flying over Pine island4. SOUNDBITE (English) Leslie Arias, Pine Island resident:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"We feel as a community that if we leave the island – abandon it – nobody is going to take care of that problem of fixing our road in and out."ANNOTATION: Nearly a week after the Category 4 storm clobbered southwest Florida, the full breadth of its destruction is still coming into focus.5.Various of cleanup crews6.SOUNDBITE (English) Jay Pick, Pine Island resident:"We're blessed. Driving around seeing what some people have compared to what we have left, you get that survivor-guilt thing. I'm trying not to. I'm trying to be happy for what we do have left."7. Various of cleanup crewsANNOTATION: The number of storm-related deaths in Florida has risen to at least 75 in recent days.8. Mid of car with a piece of wood with message that reads (English) "NOT Abandoned."9. Close-up of spray painted home with message reading (English) "Be both, human and kind."ANNOTATION: Fuel for generators and boats is scarce. Residents face the added worry of someone stealing the precious commodity.10.SOUNDBITE (English) Jay Pick, Pine Island resident: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"People are trying to do the right thing and help people, and yet other people are stepping up and taking their gas cans and stealing generators."11. Various of crews preparing mealsANNOTATION: Leslie Arias, who chose to stay on the island, says thousands of people have remained on Pine Island and many have come together to support each other.12. Various of volunteers unloading supplies 13. SOUNDBITE(English) Leslie Arias, Pine Island resident: ++COVERED++"In every end of the island there is a family member or a neighbor helping that other neighbor." 14. Mid of American flag++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++ STORYLINE:Following Hurricane Ian's destruction, many residents on one Florida island have stayed put for days without electricity and other resources while hoping the lone bridge to the mainland is repaired. Pine Island, the largest barrier island off Florida's Gulf Coast, has been largely cut off from the outside world after Ian heavily damaged its causeway and rendered its towns reachable only by boat or aircraft."We feel as a community that if we leave the island – abandon it – nobody is going to take care of that problem of fixing our road in and out," Pine Island resident Leslie Arias said Tuesday as small motor boats delivered water, tampons and other necessities. Nearly a week after the Category 4 storm clobbered southwest Florida, the full breadth of its destruction is still coming into focus. Utility workers continued to push ahead to restore power and search for anyone still trapped inside flooded or damaged homes, while the number of storm-related deaths has risen to at least 84 in recent days. At least 75 people were killed in Florida, five in North Carolina, three in Cuba and one in Virginia since Ian made landfall on the Caribbean island on Sept. 27, a day before it reached Florida's Gulf Coast. After churning northeastward into the Atlantic, the hurricane made another landfall in South Carolina before pushing into the mid-Atlantic states.There have been deaths in vehicle wrecks, drownings and accidents. A man drowned after becoming trapped under a vehicle. Another got trapped trying to climb through a window. And a woman died when a gust of wind knocked her off her porch while she was smoking a cigarette as the storm approached, authorities said.In hardest-hit Lee County, Florida, all 45 people killed by the hurricane were over age 50.President Joe Biden is scheduled on Wednesday to visit Fort Myers' Fisherman's Wharf in an area that was especially devastated by winds and surging tides. ----AP Video shot by: Stephen Smith===========================================================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: info@aparchive.com(ii) 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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