Stateline native cleaning up in Key West

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FLORIDA KEYS, Fla. (WIFR) -- While Puerto Rico gears up for Hurricane Maria, a Stateline native is helping folks in the Florida Key’s recover from Hurricane Irma.

Shelli Johnson works for the Florida Keys aqueduct authority, a utility company that just today got water restored to six of the lower keys. Johnson who grew up in Lake Summerset and graduated from Dakota High School has lived in the Keys for the last 15 years. Her Key West home survived with only some damage to the backyard fence, a lost scooter, and some lost trees. Johnson did not evacuate when Hurricane Wilma hit the Keys in 2005. But, she says Irma was a whole different animal.

“The whole evacuation process was incredibly emotional. It’s hard to describe what it’s like to gather up your things leaving your home. Not knowing there’s going to be 10 feet of water in your house and you can only fit a certain number of things in your car,” says Johnson.
Because of her Job Johnson was allowed to return to the Keys about three days earlier than the general population.