Fran Noble was watching TV at 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11 as Hurricane Irma howled outside her Flagler Beach home.
What happened about 30 minutes later was “terrifying,” she said.
“That’s when we saw the water was rushing in from the back and the front, so we grabbed our two dogs and ran out in knee-deep water to the car,” she said.
Two days later, Fran and her husband, Bill Noble, were overcome with relief when about 35 Flagler Palm Coast High School football players showed up at their Flagler Beach home to help them clean the mess Irma left behind.
Bill and Fran have worked at FPC for 31 and 30 years, respectively. The pair watched as some of their former students got to work in their yard on Sept. 13.
“It was like the cavalry appeared,” Bill said. “They pulled up in two vans, and boom, next thing you know I have 35 people in the yard, and they cleaned it out within a half an hour.”
The Nobles said they’re grateful FPC Principal Dustin Sims could coordinate this effort to help clean up the house they have lived in since 1990.
“It was a sigh of relief because we just were a little overwhelmed trying to figure out how we were going to get all this done,” Fran said.