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Irma refugee struggles to make Springfield home

Frankie Mayes was given a one-way ticket to wherever he wanted to relocate after the home he shared with his father was filled with flood-waters, when the Category 4 Atlantic hurricane Irma made landfall last year in Florida.
The airfare from FEMA was an opportunity for Mayes to rebuild after the storm left his father and him with only the clothes on their backs. Months later, a planned cross-country reunification ended abruptly when his father was killed in a car crash in Georgia.
With nobody to tie him to the East Coast, Mayes decided to make Springfield . . .