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access restored to displaced residents of upper florida keys

miami — residents were allowed to return tuesday to some islands in the hurricane-hit florida keys as officials pieced together the scope of irma's destruction and aid rushed into the drenched and debris-strewn state.it has been difficult to get detailed information on the condition of island chain where irma first came ashore over the weekend because communication and access were cut off by the storm's arrival as a category 4 hurricane. but displaced residents and business owners from key largo, tavernier and islamorada near the mainland were allowed to return for their first glimpse of the damage tuesday morning.people from the lower keys faced a longer wait with a roadblock in place where the highway to farther-away islands was washed out by the storm. road repairs were promised in the coming days.after flying over the keys monday, florida gov. rick scott described overturned mobile homes, washed-ashore boats and rampant flood damage."it's devastating," he said.a navy aircraft carrier was due to anchor off key west to help in search-and-rescue efforts. drinking water supplies in the keys were cut off, fuel was running low and all three hospitals in the island chain were shuttered. gerald herbert, associated press larry dimas surveyed his destroyed trailer, which he rents out to others, in immokalee, fla. nobody was inside when it was hit. elsewhere, areas such as tampa bay had braced for the worst but emerged with what appeared to be only modest dam...