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FLORIDA/GEORGIA (CNN) - Debby is a tropical depression this morning.   While the storm's strength is weakening, the true toll of the damage it caused is just beginning to be realized.
For some residents who have lost everything, today marks the day they will have to start over.
George Howell has been in Florida surveying the damage and joins us live this morning from one of the hardest hit areas.

"When it's your place, that's a little different."

Dodging power lines, and low hanging branches -- we took a boat ride with Larry and Crystal Pesek, as emergency crews took them through what used to be their neighborhood.  

"this is our road, that leads to our house, Seminole Lane."
"I just can't believe the current through here. It's ripping. It's strong."  

And after passing several homes -

"it should be down here to the left, I don't recognize anything now."

The reality of what's left, became painfully apparent.  

"That's our house there.  

The Peseks evacuated.
But officials in Wakulla County say crews had to rescue dozens from their homes.  

"The amount of rain we had, the water levels came up so fast some of the folks didn't have time to actually pack their things and move out, so they're having to do it after the fact."

Across Florida, people are returning to their homes to find out what if anything is salvageable.

Debby made landfall late Tuesday and is headed for the Atlantic.   But not before the storm drops another four to eight inches of rain on top of the 2 feet that's already fallen in some places.

Water rose to the second floor in some homes.  

But the Pesecks are determined to start over. Though they can't help but look back a little regretfully at all the hours they've already put in to the house they now have to rebuild.  

"We're safe."
"God will get us through it."

The governor here in Florida has declared a state of emergency and FEMA officials are on the ground to help people affected by this storm.

In Wakulla county, Florida I’m George Howell reporting.

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