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The water that poured in higher than their knees slowly drained out, and their apartment now smells like sewage and mildew.
The flood consumed their Ford Explorer, their only working car, which no longer will start.
About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.
The Florida Keys were largely evacuated by the time Irma barreled ashore on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 130 mph (215 km/hour).
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are visiting Florida on Thursday to survey damage across the state.
A short distance away, the scent of decaying seaweed hung heavy in the air as Brooke Gilbert, 15, stood with her younger sister staring at the jumble of concrete and twisted metal left from the three-story condo that was their family's getaway home.'There's the couch right there,' she said. They belong to my grandmother.' A sign the Pena family put in a tree at the entrance of the Hills of Santa Fe neighborhood, in Gainesville, Florida.
More than 20,000 troops and five naval ships have descended on the region to help with relief efforts and carry out search-and-rescue missions.
While nearly all of Florida was engulfed by the 400-mile-wide (645-kilometer) storm, the Keys - home to about 70,000 people - appeared to be the hardest hit with 90 per cent of homes destroyed or damaged.'I don't have a house. I have nothing,' said Mercedes Lopez, 50, whose family fled north from the Florida Keys town of Marathon last Friday and rode out the storm at an Orlando hotel, only to learn their home was destroyed, along with the gasoline station where he worked.'We came here, leaving everything at home, and we go back to nothing,' Lopez said.
Carin Atkins said they can live without power at home for several days, recalling that they went 47 days without power after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
They evacuated, she said, only because of the threat of rising water from a storm surge that didn't reach to their home.