Utility Worker Hurt Cleaning Tropical Storm Debby Debris
GAINESVILLE (AP) – A public works employee was struck by a utility pole that snapped while he was clearing debris left behind after Storm Debby.
Emanuel Baker was clearing downed trees Monday in Micanopy. One tree got stuck on a power line and caused the pole to snap. The pole fell on Baker’s head. He’s not regained consciousness and was in critical condition Wednesday.
A Tampa Bay-area school district is still working on plugging 125 roof leaks that sprung from Tropical Storm Debby’s rains. Manatee County School District maintenance supervisor Bob Capdeville says all but three of the 39 buildings affected are schools.
In Collier County, officials say 80 percent of the sea turtle nests counted on their beaches were lost to Debby’s rains and high tides.
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