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Updated: 01/01/2018 08:30:01AM

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Irma brought out the best in Highlands County

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Crosson & Payne Tree Service, LLC tree surgeon Ian Jobson cuts up fallen trees Thursday morning around the campgrounds at Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring.

KIM LEATHERMAN / STAFF

Roads were washed out by Hurricane Irma throughout the county. This is Lincoln Rd. in Lake Placid. The road has been repaired and is newly paved.

KIM LEATHERMAN / STAFF

Hurricane Irma's pouring rains proved to be too much for many lakes. They overflowed their banks and turned roads into rivers. Pedestrians could see fish in the water covering the roads. Lake August flooded many roads in Placid Lakes.

KIM LEATHERMAN / STAFF

Many ordinary citizens became hurricane heroes like these women who joined the Linsmen Laundry Ladies campaign. They took loads of laundry from the hard-working linesmen and washed them and returned them. Many freshly laundered items had hand drawn pictures from kids and words of thanks.

COURTESY PHOTO/ JENNIFER PERDIAN

A mangled mess of yellow is what is left of bus 177 after being hit from behind by a semi and landing on its left side Thursday morning on U.S. 27. Several children and the bus driver were taken to the local hospitals for treatment and two children were flown to Tampa General Hospital.

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One of the new Waste Connections trucks demonstrates the robotic arm used to pick up and dump trash cans in Sun 'N Lake Thursday afternoon. Once county garbage customers are switched over to the new cans they will begin running these new, more efficient trucks.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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SEBRING — As Highlands County residents battened down the hatches and hunkered down the night of Sunday, Sept. 10, a gigantic Hurricane Irma barreled her way through the county.

The howling winds tore roofs, soffits and gutters from homes and businesses. The lashing rains caused lakes to overflow their banks, turning roads into rivers. Roads were washed away and storm water caused sink holes to open up. People reported unconfirmed tornadoes spinning off of Irma. Through it all, the communities came together, rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to get back to normal.

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