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Picking Up The Pieces In Florida After Irma's Devastation

After the storm finally clears, people returned home to inspect the wreckage.

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Near the southern tip of Florida, there's a trailer park on Plantation Island, just outside of Everglades City. Only several hundred people inhabit the coastal town, which abuts Everglades National Park. It was one of the hardest hit parts of the state.

Once the storm passed, residents of the small community started sifting through the wreckage, salvaging the personal items they could and trying to wrap their heads around what lay ahead. Photographer Nicole Craine spent the day documenting their experience.

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Marlene Segein carries some of her belongings past the wreckage of her home. "[It's the] worst thing I've ever been through in my life," she said. "I thought for sure I was going to die. I'm still shaking."

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Jacob Pennell, 39, brings supplies to his uncle Harvey, greeting him with an embrace. Pennell said he'd previously only cried over the deaths of his father, grandmother and grandfather, but had been in tears on Monday over the destruction.

"It ain't as big as Houston," he said, "but it's just as bad."

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