By Ted Scouten

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STUART (CBSMiami) — As parts of Florida are cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew, some residents in Jensen Beach are grateful the damage wasn’t worse.

Martin Clark has a mess to clean up but in the big picture, it’s not so bad.

“If this is all I got to clean up, I’m okay,” said Clark.

Martin’s backyard backs up to the Saint Lucie River in Stuart. He remembers how bad it got when hurricanes hit more than a decade ago.

“I just think we’re extremely lucky. I think being through Francis, Jean and Wilma, this is nothing like that,” said Clark.

The Treasure Coast was spared a direct hit. Some trees fell. Sheriff’s deputies were out first thing Friday morning helping to clear the roads.

Business owners were busy too, taking down storm shutters.

Eli Jouni owns a gas station. He knows what it’s like to lose it all. A tornado a few years ago took his roof. He’s grateful the building survived this time but he won’t be up and running still for a few days.

“We got another problem now, the Internet doesn’t work.  All gas station work is on the internet. I just called in, they said it wouldn’t be working until the 9th,” said Jouni.

Over on the Indian River, a few boat owners got a terrible surprise when they found their boats were thrown around by unusually rough waters. One boat ended up on land, another slammed into the causeway and another sail boat sank.

“I’d hate to have that as my boat. Come out to check it to make sure it’s docked out, then come out to find it’s submerged under water, with the sale ripped with just the mast sticking up.  Pretty heartbreaking,” said Scott Stanley who lives nearby.


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