Live Oak Businesses on Road to Recovery After Debby
Manager of the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch Thrift Store, Mike Smith says, "I dont think in the history of this building that it's ever flooded."
Well there's a first time for everything.
Tropical Storm Debby left the city of Live Oak with more than 20 inches of rain, sinkholes, washed out roads, and flooded businesses.
Waters are receding slowly but surely through most of the city in part due to water pumps that are redirecting stagnant floodwaters to White Lake.
Smith's store witnessed flooding that reached 8 to 10 inches at its worst.
His story is one of the many from Live Oak businesses that are now just beginning to re-open.
After opening for the first time in six days, Smith says he looks forward to seeing customers stream through front doors,
"...we have some die hard customers that they'll still come but you can tell they're scared to come across."
Or just don't have the means.
Water is still being pumped out of washed out streets, trapping anyone without a boat or four wheel drive.
Live Oak is home to just one of the Sheriff Youth Ranches Thrift Stores that transfers revenue to the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch.
There is one other shelter open again tonight, Columbia County has a shelter at Richardson Middle School.
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