Panama City, FL –
SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WMBB) – As we head into another hurricane season, many landlocked communities are still rebuilding themselves after Hurricane Michael. The city of Springfield is still operating from temporary structures almost three years later.
“Everything is still out of place,” said Ralph Hammond, mayor of Springfield.
Almost three years after the storm and the mayor says they have a long way to go.
“We’re still operating from temporary facilities and just praying that we don’t have a hurricane,” Hammond said.
But the city is making progress, they recently awarded the work order for the design and architecture phase of their urban complex.
“FEMA gets everything that’s mandatory, so we just have to go through the RFP and RFQ process,” Hammond said.
The $ 15 million project includes reconstruction of the town hall, public works, firefighters and police departments.
“We prioritize our police and firefighters. Right now, if we have Hurricane 2 or more, we need to evacuate, ”Hammond said.
The agencies still operate from double width trailers. Springfield Fire Chief Brian Eddins says it’s been tough.
“As first responders, we tell people to evacuate mobile homes and trailers if a storm hits and we stay in a mobile home,” Eddins said.
The new urban complex will be located on 28 acres at the corner of Transmitter Road and 11th Street.
“This will make everything centralized on the city as we grow north,” Hammond said.
The city hopes to start construction of the new urban complex by next spring.
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