Tharp had built his home just east of Mexico Beach, and the only considerable damage they lasted came in the storm surge that flooded their 40 Hp Outboard Engine in downstairs handle storage room and another kitchen. They had assembled the house on stilts and utilized materials capable to withstand 160 mile-per-hour winds, and while water broke the downstairs doors, their upstairs had been virtually undamaged. He did locate two chairs he had left out during the storm two blocks off, but the house adjacent to theirs was almost destroyed, as were three of those six homes on their road.
"Friends from Louisiana came with 2 Stroke 30hp Outboard Motor and other equipment, and while we had running water pretty fast, it took about two weeks to find electricity," says Tharp. "I've spent a great deal of time going up and down our street with a chainsaw helping neighbors clear fallen trees. There are hundreds and hundreds of people down here to get Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach re-built, but it's going to take a long time.
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