Jeep Community in Florida Come Together to Flip a Hurricane-Affected Home

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Jeeps work together to right a home flipped over by Hurricane Michael. 

We’ve posted a number of stories about Jeep owners banding together for a good cause. That’s because Jeep enthusiasts are a community. This was apparently recently when Dereck and Andrea Clifton of Panama City, Florida, were hit hard by Hurricane Michael. But don’t fear, the Jeep squad is here.

The Cliftons home was caught in the crosshairs of the hurricane and was knocked over on its roof.

BAJA Jeep pull house

“I had been searching for companies to flip it back over.” Dereck said to Jalopnik. The Cliftons were facing a costs of $12,000 to flip and remove the house so they could rebuild. A friend heard of his dilemma and contacted the Bay Area Jeep Association, aka BAJA. When BAJA heard about this, they sent out the Batsignal.

BAJA Jeep house pull

About 30 BAJA members showed up in a dozen Jeeps ready to help. They hooked up their winches to the Cliftons’ house, and pulled. Their efforts were a success. The Cliftons were able to get some personal items from their home and had to pay a much more reasonable $2,500 for the detritus to be hauled away.

BAJA Jeep house pull

BAJA club’s president Johnathan Jones said his group was doing all they could to help those affected by the hurricane, including member of BAJA and Jones himself.

“We all put our efforts into helping the community right away,” said Jones. “We believe [that] Jeep life is that you help each other, you have a value system.”

A big thanks to these great folks. Not all heroes wear capes, but some heroes definitely drive Jeeps.

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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

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