2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Ward, Bay County resident:
"It's just when when you think about a house getting crushed in on you you know you get a little you get a little anxious."
3. Walk and talk of resident of showing downed trees UPSOUND (English) Ronald Lauricella, Bay County resident:
"All of this right here was a gigantic tree that was covering this. Our car was right here with trees surrounding it. This entire driveway was covered with trees. We had to have someone generous enough down the road that had a chainsaw just to make the cuts. My roommate by himself came out here while we were out getting supplies and moved everything to the side so we could get our car down here."
4. Resident showing bathing station UPSOUND (English) Mark Ward, Bay County resident:
"This is what we were using for bathing stations. They're big enough for most of us to like sit down in. We fill them with water and soap and you know so we can bathe and then rinse off."
5. Walk and talk showing tent, front of house and pet UPSOUND (English) Ronald Lauricella, Bay County resident:
"And we have our food in here because we can't even keep the food inside because there's bugs everywhere. We have MREs, we have cases of water sitting inside and we can't even let the dogs drink collected water or anything or city water, or well water because everything has a water boil notice."
6. UPSOUND (English) Mark Ward, Bay County Resident:
"When the storm came through we had at least from what I could count because this is my property right here across the street from what I could count was three tornadoes came through. Sounded just like a roaring freight train just like they always say it does. You know, we saw debris twisting throughout the air. I've got two horses out there. They were dodging debris."
7. Walking shot showing downed trees
8. SOUNDBITE (English)) Mark Ward, Bay County resident:
"So after the storm cleared we came out we saw this destruction and we just didn't know where to turn how to turn you know how many answers. And when they started telling us that there was help rolling in on the way it was all headed to the beach. They came down 231 went right past all of us."
9. SOUNDBITE (English) ) Ronald Lauricella, Bay County Resident:
"It's just too difficult, the only hope I have right now is I got a job interview tomorrow"
10. Ward pumping water
11. Ward talking with neighbors UPSOUND (English) Mark Ward, Bay County resident:
"You want water you know where my pump my well pump is. And I also have a bathing station set up now too. There's a tote there. So if you want to fill it up with some water bring a wash rag with you. There's another container underneath that there's bars of soap there. All right."
UPSOUND (English) Ronald Lauricella, Bay County resident:
"Probably the only thing. My dad got a running creek. He said we could go."
UPSOUND (English) Mark Ward, Bay County resident:
"Yeah. Yeah. OK. Well you remember the first day day and a half we're using the creek down the street for our water."
More than two weeks after the powerful eyewall of Hurricane Michael passed over Bay County, Mark Ward wonders when the power will come back on. And the sewer. And the water.
Although electricity, water and sewer were restored to the residents of Panama City on Wednesday, those like Ward who live in the rural parts of Bay County are still lacking basic services.
Bay County is known for its sugar-sand beaches. Panama City Beach, which made it through relatively unscathed from the storm, is mecca for spring breakers each year.
The rural folks in Bay County feel the invisible, residents there say. There are about 180,000 people in the entire county, and according to the Census, 14 percent of the people in the county live in poverty.
He's one of the lucky ones in the Bayou George neighborhood of unincorporated Bay County. He has insurance.
His mobile received relatively little damage. He has a generator, and he's rigged a hand pump for the well since an oak tree took out the electric pump station.
The neighbors around him didn't fare as well. Next door, the family's mobile home is a skeleton of wood; they clung to debris then ran for safety to Ward's home during the eye of the storm with a mother and her newborn kittens.
Ward's property next to the road is a tangle of oak trees, twisted metal of unknown origin and downed power lines.
He checks in frequently with the people across the street, a group of twentysomething men and women who live in a mobile home on a few acres.
"You're good on your MREs?" he asked the group on a recent day. "If you want water, you know where my pump is. There's also a bathing station there. Bring a washrag. There's bars of soap."
"Yeah, I'll probably use that, but my dad's got a running creek he said we could go use," said Ronald Lauricella, who owns the mobile home on the property.
Their yard is a mishmash of downed limbs, garbage collected into a pile and two tents. Two dogs and a small kitten roam the property.
Lauricella is staying in one tent and keeping food in another. The inside of his mobile home is another explosion of chaos.
The front door and his bedroom window were blown out from the hurricane's winds. Water soaked the carpets and drywall.
Lauricella is between jobs, and is hoping to make it to an interview at a restaurant this week if he can scrape up enough money for gas.
He figures it's his only hope to recover from the storm.