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Updated: 12/31/2017 08:30:01AM

2017’s fondest memories

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Out-of-state power company trucks roll south on U.S. 27 just two and a half weeks after Hurricane Irma roared through Highlands County. Some customers got power back within days, but some took weeks as per company crews would find new problems on lines after each repair.


A John Deere track loader deals with debris on Magnolia Avenue in Sebring, just north of Eucalyptus Street, one week after Hurricane Irma. Debris removal ramped up over the weekend, taking 7,300 cubic feet of debris to the Highlands County landfill in three days. Debris removal, throughout the count, took more than three months.


A photograph shows flood water levels on Sept. 11 at the corner of South Country Club Drive and Southeast Snead Circle in Crystal Lakes Club of Avon Park. The park was one of many that suffered water over the roads, up into yards and both under and in houses after the storm.


Justin Silva, left, and Jordan Belanger heft pine branches from a mass of debris left in the yard of Don Cowing and Patty Lloyd. They and other Sebring High School Jr. ROTC students came to help the couple clear up a week after Hurricane Irma dropped a tree in their front yard.


Volunteers help members of the Sebring community just a week after Hurricane Irma, as they shop for free groceries and household supplies at the First United Methodist Church of Sebring. Starting within a few days of the storm, volunteers and donors began staffing and supplying the church pantry, respectively.


A power company truck fixes a power pole at the corner of Corvette Avenue and Aston Martin Drive in Sebring Country Estates shortly after Hurricane Irma. Trucks blocking roads either to fix power lines or collect storm debris became a regular, albeit welcome occurrence in Highlands County after the storm.


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SEBRING — Highlands County residents best remember when the lights came on after Hurricane Irma roared through the county, and those who helped bring back the power, with much-missed air-conditioning.

A survey of favorite memories from the past year centered mostly on Hurricane Irma. Comments ranged from simply “surviving Irma”to specifics about what happened that month, but mostly everyone was happy to get help.

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