A council member for Fort Myers Beach in Florida said Monday that pieces of his destroyed home were found two blocks away after Hurricane Ian crashed ashore as a Category 4 story last week.
Bill Veach said his family lived in a 90-year-old cottage to which they had built an addition. The old home is in complete ruins with only the addition left standing.
Only four homes on Veach’s street are salvageable, he told CNN.
“I know people are anxious to get back on the island but the roads are still impassable,” he said.
"When you are walking around the ruins, it’s an apocalyptic scene,” Veach said.
“You see a friend that you weren’t sure was alive or dead and that brings you joy. A joy that is so much more than the loss of property,” he added.
The Lee County Sheriff said in a statement Monday that search and rescue operations are continuing and that teams will be entering homes if there is a “reasonable belief” of a victim.
Some background: Fort Myers Beach is located on Estero Island in southwest Florida and has a population of around 5,600 people, according to the US Census. Earlier Monday, a county official said power may not be restored to the community for at least a month after Hurricane Ian had destroyed the electrical infrastructure.