Draining the swamp: Hard-hit Everglades town mops up after Irma

Draining the swamp: Hard-hit Everglades town mops up after IrmaBy Robin Respaut and Brian Thevenot EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (Reuters) – As Hurricane Irma raged through Everglades City, a tiny fishing village in a vast alligator-infested swamp, Howie Grimm hunkered down inside his house with his 88-year-old mother, a useless cell phone and a new job title. When the winds started to wane, he jumped in his truck and moved his mother to a higher perch – a trailer on stilts – because he knew a storm surge would follow the eye of the storm. While most of South Florida was spared the worst of the dangerous storm, this remote hamlet of about 400 residents in the southwest part of the state, felt the full wrath of Irma’s winds and waves.