Hurricane Michael and government shutdown taking a toll on federal employees

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MARIANNA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As if Hurricane Michael wasn't enough, officials who work at the Federal Correctional Institution in Marianna say the government shutdown is making their jobs even harder.

Due to damage from the storm, hundreds of inmates were moved from the Marianna facility to a facility in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

That means prison employees are now commuting to Mississippi for their shifts and since the shutdown, those employees are also not getting paid for their time on the clock or for their travel.

"We were already dealing with the storm, that was already a hard situation and the travel out there to Yazoo City, we were kinda dealing with that the best we could, and that was already difficult and already creating hardship, but now not getting paid just adds on to that," Corrections Officer Charles Jones said.

Jones also said many staff members are considering leaving their jobs, depending on how long the shutdown continues.