More than 700 homes have been evacuatedÂ in Columbia County. The life of an evacuee can be tough, and expensive.
For a family with children and pets, the nearest shelter isn't alwaysÂ the best option. So many folks are opening their wallets and staying in hotels.
Red cross workers say, they can't offer those folks much relief.
"We can't hand out money. We just don't have it," says Red Cross worker Laura Mager. "Unfortunately a lot of people have spent a lot of their own money to do that."
The Red Cross did re-open the shelter at Columbia High School on Tuesday.
They encourage folks who don't have pets to stay there.
By Anne Imanuel, WCJB TV20 News
- Applications for Fire Assessment Hardships Due May First
- Ike Evacuee Finds Refuge In Gainesville
- Shelter Opened For Fire Evacuees
- Gustav Evacuees Relocate to North Central Florida
- Florida Author Visits Library
- Florida Power and Light Co. Rates Increase
- County Aiming to Hire more Local Businesses
- Buy Local Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
- Eat Local Challenge Promotes Local Economy
- Gas Prices Lower