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News on The 700 Club: September 13, 2017

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Well welcome to "The 700 Club."

Tens of thousands of people in Florida

are coming back home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Many still don't have power or even running water.

And some are returning to houses that are now in shambles.

Volunteers from around the country are helping them out.

Our Operation Blessing is on the ground giving people

food and water along with hope.

Gary Lane brings us the story from Jacksonville, Florida.

GARY LANE: Long lines of cars jammed Highway 1,

as Florida Keys residents return to their homes

for the first time since Hurricane Irma battered

southern Florida with destructive category 4 winds.

1/4 of the homes in the Keys no longer exist.

In Northeastern Florida, people were trying

to recover from floodwaters.

This is Jacksonville's popular River Walk area.

People enjoy coming down here and seeing a nice skyline view,

maybe conversing with friends and family along the river.

But not on this day.

Take a look at the St. John's River.

People say it has overflowed its banks.

It's about six feet above normal.

It's flowed into this area.

A popular statute known as the sailor's statue.

Everyone in Jacksonville knows this.

But less than 24 hours ago, this water

washed up to these buildings and throughout the streets

of downtown.

This is how the streets of downtown Jacksonville

looked Monday morning.

For most Floridians, electricity is the immediate concern.

As they return to their homes, millions

are still without power.

Crews from 30 states, utility workers like this from New York

are volunteering their time so Floridians

won't have to sit in the dark or suffer through 90 degree heat

without air conditioning.

These guys jumped at the chance to return a favor to Florida.

We're also excited about kind of repaying back

some of the utilities that helped us

along Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

GARY LANE: We caught up with Florida Senator Marco

Rubio in Jacksonville as he toured the state

assessing the damage.

What stood out as he surveyed the destruction?

The unique size and scope of Hurricane Irma.

Usually when someone has a hurricane hit a state,

you wonder what city?

Did it hit Miami?

Did it Tampa?

Did it hit Jacksonville?

And the answer is, yes, it hit them all.

GARY LANE: The Florida Senator appeared appreciative

of first responders.

What were you praying, and what is your prayer now?

Well obviously, I was praying that it would

turn off and go somewhere else.

My second prayer obviously was that if it

were going to hit us, that it would not be the worst case

scenario.

I also prayed for the people responding, the people that

were out there in the water pulling people out,

risking their own lives who were working 24 hour

shifts while their family were behind also weathering

the storm.

Those are the people I hope we'll continue to remember

and treasure for what they did for us.

GARY LANE: These residents hard-hit by the hurricane

were grateful for the help they received from CBN's Operation

Blessing.

Tuesday, the OB team spent the day in Naples,

providing people with food, water, and hygiene supplies.

As you can see behind me, we're at Meals of Hope.

And this truck is being unloaded.

And as this truck is being unloaded,

there's a resident standing here waiting for food, water,

personal hygiene items.

GARY LANE: This Naples resident said

many people are stuck inside their homes

without food or water.

We got an alert on Facebook from Collier County

that Operation Blessing was giving away food at 3:00 PM.

I'm like, wow.

It's actually giving us food, water.

It's giving us a sign of hope that at least somebody is

out there looking out for us.

We're not in this alone.

GARY LANE: Gary Lane, CBN News, Jacksonville, Florida.

Well, when disasters strike, we

want to strike back with love and compassion

to let people know that we love them, God loves them.

And if you're a member of "The 700 Club,"

you're a part of that.

A portion of every gift goes into the work

of Operation Blessing.

So thank you.

You're part of the relief effort going

on now in Texas and Florida.

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