FEMA disaster assistance teams arrived on Pine Island Monday to canvass door-to-door and assist survivors.
Over the past few days days, Pine Island residents have taken to Twitter to share their accounts of facing Hurricane Ian and then being stuck on the island after the storm. Concerned loved ones have also expressed their frustration by slow response and lack of relief efforts.
Here’s what’s on their minds.
For anyone wondering about Pine Island most of us are alive! I can’t say for matlacha as I went by this morning and a lot of homes and restaurants were not in sight. We are currently stuck on this island and cannot get off please make this known so we can get help! #HurricaneIan
— Estefania Gonzalez (@stefaniag2382) September 30, 2022
We have family stuck on Pine Island and talking with them it’s a freaking nightmare down there… no leadership. Bodies still need to be recovered! It’s going to get really bad down there… really fast. This is just the beginning
— ET (@stellaluna02) October 3, 2022
Pine Island is definitely getting weird. It’s time to leave. Be careful if you come on the island. I recommend only coming during the day and getting off the island by 6PM. Neighbor down the street the battery was stolen out of his F450. Wood is getting stolen.
— Chris FL Tornado (@ChrisFLTornado) October 3, 2022
Listen I almost DIED during hurricane Ian. I was in Pine Island in Saint James city when it hit. The house I was in their canal came rushing inside the house. Water up to my hips. We had to leave to higher ground in the vacant 2 story house next door( with neighbors permission)
— gia (@notgiovana) October 2, 2022