SPRINGFIELD — Details are finally beginning to emerge from Springfield, a small Bay County town that’s had little to no communication with the outside world since Hurricane Michael ripped through the region on Wednesday.
Ward 2 Commissioner Phillip Dykes pleaded with people to “be patient” as city crews and first responders work to clear the wreckage, open roads and repair downed sewer and power lines.
“It’s going to be a while before we can assess the full magnitude of what went on,” Dykes said Friday. “It’s like a bomb’s been dropped on Springfield. So hang in there, be patient, we’re all in the same boat.”
Buildings, marinas and homes were all but flattened, including Bottle Stopper Lounge and Liquor, Dollar General and the Springfield Police Department. People who had lost everything could be seen going in and out of the collapsed Dollar General to get supplies. Even firefighters were going into the store to get water to bring to people who needed it.
Mayor Ralph Hammond said he hasn’t had any reports of deaths related to the storm, but firefighters were still in the process of going door-to-door checking on people
“Our biggest concern is safety and help,” he said. “Anybody who knows of anybody that needs to be checked on, please contact the city up here at the community building.”
City officials set up an emergency center outside the community building since city hall, the police department and fire station all were gone.
Hammond pleaded with people not to use their sewer systems, including bathtubs and toilets, because if sewer lines keep backing up “we’re going to have a major disease problem.”
City officials said residents’ greatest needs at the moment were gas and prayer.