Hurricane Irma Leaves Damage and Devastation in Big Pine Key

The farther you drive into the Florida Keys, the worse the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma seems to get.

Conditions in Big Pine Key, about 10 miles east of where Irma made landfall in Cudjoe Key, remain dangerous with mostly rescue crews, police and first responders patrolling the island chain.

“I thought it was going to be bad, but this is more than what I thought it was going to be— it’s terrible,” said Maggie Sixtos

Maggie lives in Miami and her family has a weekend getaway home in Big Pine Key— or at least they had one.

“They don’t know what they’re going to find when they come back,” she said. “I just came today to see everything.”

Despite the devastation Irma left behind, however, Maggie is maintaining a positive attitude.

“Well, we love it— this is our paradise, so we will rebuild again.” she said. “We will rebuild something better.”