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Hendry County farm impacted by Hurricane Irma

Posted at 2:37 PM, Sep 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 08:16:47-04

FELDA, Fla. -- The Circle C Farm in Hendry County was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, losing thousands of animals, even after securing their structures.

Circle C owner Nicole Kozak tells Fox 4 they lost almost 5,000 chickens, ducks, and turkeys to the storm. More than 1,000 were brand new baby chicks and ducklings. "I was watching as the buildings hovered above the ground and then went airborne," she said. "The hardest thing at that point was watching the babies go flying with the building."

Nine out of the 12 structures on the farm were destroyed because of the storm. Kozak estimates the damages will cost tens of thousands of dollars.

The damage will also cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in income, not only for Circle C farm, but many agriculture-related industries across Florida. "Not only are we impacted as farmers, the labor industry is also impacted, and the transportation industry that's moving that product," said Kozak.

The road to recover is long for Circle C farm. They, like many other businesses, need the community's support to get back on their feet "Shop local and spend locally, because that will help all of us collectively in the rebuild process," said Kozak. "We're going to come back better and stronger than we were before."

If you would like to shop with Circle C farm, they have a store in Bonita Springs and offer other services on their website.