Hurricane Michael: The destruction, recovery and what’s ‘normal’ now

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CALLAWAY, Fla. – In the hours after Hurricane Michael, most everyone knew life wouldn’t be the same for a while.  

While debris piles line major roads in the Panama City area, one bit of life has remained ‘normal’.

Off Tyndall Parkway, tucked in, you will find two spirits trimming, laughing and living. Both are no match for Hurricane Michael. 

“None of our parents, they wouldn’t have been able to handle us if they had us biologically,” says Peggy Sue Singleton, owner of Peggy Sues Barbershop. 

Singleton is in charge. 

“We always keep the conversation light in here,” she says. 

Singleton says a haircut is one of the most normal things after Hurricane Michael hit six months ago. 

“There’s not a lot of normalcy anymore after the hurricane,” says Singleton

Her new location on Tyndall Parkway, near Lilly Street, opened three months ago. Her original shop was destroyed during the storm. An American flag took the building’s spot in the hours after the hurricane. 

“That was very emotional. It was hard for us to see the concrete building down,” she says. 

She says finding what’s normal is hard, but says when you discover it, it may be a blessing in disguise. 

“We’re a big part of that community and we didn’t realize that until after the hurricane,” says Singleton. 

From the chairs to the clippers, Singleton found bits and pieces under concrete. 

“It survived the hurricane. We love to talk about what we pulled from the rubble,” she says. 

Beginning a new era from the group (ground?) up.

While many people try and live a normal life, it’s nearly impossible. Debris remains on the side of the road, despite the county already collecting more than 15 million cubic tons of debris.

Follow Reporter Mitch McCoy on his journey in Panama City this week by following him on Twitter. 

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