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Updated: 09/14/2017 08:30:03AM

Hurricane Irma blasts through DeSoto

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JIMMY PETERS
The Oak Park Inn suffered considerable damage from the high winds of Hurricane Irma, and after the storm debris piled up in the SunTrust parking lot across the street. Other downtown buildings suffered damage as well, but most businesses expressed their plans to repair and rebuild.

PHOTO BY ERNEST HEWETT
The rainbow at the end of the storm, seen at 3rd Bunker and Poultry Street.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JIMMY PETERS
The Oak Park Inn suffered considerable damage from the high winds of Hurricane Irma, and after the storm debris piled up in the SunTrust parking lot across the street. Other downtown buildings suffered damage as well, but most businesses expressed their plans to repair and rebuild.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY LAWRENCE ADCOCK
Debris piled up in front of several downtown buildings following Hurricane Irma's ravaging track through Arcadia. The Oak Park Inn took the brunt of the damage, but several other buildings in the first block of West Oak Street were also battered, leading to a pile of debris along the street and sidewalks.

PHOTO BY CHERRY HARVEY
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Logan McCall, Zach Hunter and Skjyler McCray walked around their neighborhood, helping their neighbors with debris cleanup as well as a nearby church. While hurricanes bring the worst destruction, they can also bring out the best in people as they help each other get back on their feet.

PHOTO BY CHERRY HARVEY
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Logan McCall, Zach Hunter and Skjyler McCray walked around their neighborhood, helping their neighbors with debris cleanup as well as a nearby church. While hurricanes bring the worst destruction, they can also bring out the best in people as they help each other get back on their feet.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY SHASTA MOTT
The Oak Park Inn is clealy visible covered with blue tarps to proect it from further damage. Huricane Irma stripped away a good portion of its roof, leaving a jumbled pile of debris along West Oak Street.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY ERNEST HEWETT
The roof of the historic Oak Park Inn sustained major damage during Sunday's massive storm. This was one of only three buildings which survived the Thanksgiving fire of 1905.

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY CASEY WILLIAMS
State Road 31 looked more like a lake than a highway. The barbed wire fence and line of utililty poles were the only indicators of where the roadway was.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY ERNEST HEWETT
Driven to seek higher ground, campers and trailers from the Peace River Campgrounds were clustered along State Road 70 and First Bunker to avoid the rising waters of the Peace River.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY ERNEST HEWETT
Water was rising high under the old Peace River Bridge from Morgan Park to Veterans Park. The river is expected to reach peak levels of 18.5 feet today, putting it within the major flood stage.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY ERNEST HEWETT
Utility poles lean over Apple Drive by Brewer Park, having been pushed by the strong wind blast of Hurricane Irma on Sunday. She came to DeSoto as a Category 2 storm and left destruction and rubble across the county.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY DANIEL SUTPHIN
This stop sign ended upside-down after Irma came to town and rearranged things.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY ERNEST HEWETT
DeSoto Health and Rehab sustained significant damage from Hurricane Irma, whose winds reached peaks of 80 mph here on Sunday.

By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

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It was almost déjà vu.

Hurricane Irma barreled toward Arcadia with wind speeds up to 70 mph Sunday with her eye on DeSoto County.

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