PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WKRG) — Hundreds of people are still in shelters getting help after Hurricane Michael. News 5 spoke with a lot of people who say conditions are getting worse by the day.
News 5 reporter Cody Long spoke with some of those in the shelters about what they’re experiencing. It’s day five without power and running water inside this temporary shelter. The people inside say it’s been tough and they’re desperate for more help.
It’s been so hot inside that many people moved outside to feel a breeze. Inside News 5 reporters were told everyone had to sleep on the floor until they brought in cots.
The Red Cross shelter is set up at Northside Elementary School but cameras were not allowed inside. Many families are here with their kids because they have nowhere else to go. Families lost their homes and everything they owned when Hurricane Michael blew through the area. Long talked to some of the families about their experience inside the shelter so far.
Here is what some are experiencing:
Cody Davenport says, “Horrible, depressed, sad, upset, aggravating. People are fighting with each other. Couples are fighting with each other just because of all the stress built up inside. There is really and truly nothing we can do”
“Now with the shelter life it’s kind of like trying to keep all your stuff together because that’s all I have now,” said Jason Heck.
Laura Kay said, “Toilets were overflowing with everything and it was all over the floor. You ask for cleaning supplies and they don’t have much.”
“Some days it’s bad. Some days it’s good. I just feel like it’s all what you make it as far as the water condition. No one has been able to take a shower,” said Kierra Julius
“It’s devastating to come outside and see the whole city you once knew is destroyed. Our jobs are gone, houses are gone. You can’t go out and buy kids clothes because there’s nothing up and running. You can’t buy them the food they want or need,” says Sherris Marino.
Some others say the Red Cross has been working hard to ensure everyone is doing okay. We saw several volunteers bringing in clothes Sunday and even footballs for the kids.
Some say they’ve heard about this shelter being infested with bed bugs, but a Bay County Official says that is not true.