Bumpy Road to Recovery for Live Oak Residents
LIVE OAK - Scotty Raulerson's first month on the job at the S&S food store along US 90 in Live Oak fits the description of a vacation minus some of the benefits.
Raulerson says he, " lost out on two, two and a half weeks worth of paychecks."
For two and a half weeks the gas station was closed due to water damage from Tropical Storm Debby.
After being out of business for so long, expired perishable goods had to be tossed away and fuel supplies had to be restocked.
Residents trying to settle back into normal life with assistance from family friends and FEMA are facing their own set of roadblocks.
The Suwannnee County Agricultural Colosseum which served as a Red Cross shelter recently closed after serving over one thousand people in three weeks.
Michaela Solomon and her family were forced into the shelter when their home was surrounded by floodwater.
She appreciates the home it offered to her six-month old daughter, Robin-Lynn when they had none to turn to.
Solomon says, "It's very important that she has a stable home because she needs to know stability and security, and I don't want her to have to worry about this like I did. I'm glad she's young and won't remember this."
After visits from Florida Governor Rick Scott and FEMA assistance, Live Oak residents say the impressions from Debby will be lasting.
Michaela and Robin-Lynn are now staying with family that has received FEMA dollars towards repairing a damaged roof and computer.
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