July 2, 2012
The Suwannee County Colosseum has been a place for hope for many people who were devastated by Tropical Storm Debby.
Flooding from the storm ruined their homes.
Michaela Solomon's story is even more frightening.
"It was very traumatizing and it still is," Solomon said.
She was at her brother's house, with him, his fiance and their two children during the storm. Flood waters that followed trapped them inside the home...for days.
"The power kept coming on and off, you didn't know what you were going to do. Kids kept getting scared and screaming, then you don't know what's going on," she added.
With kids like her niece and nephew at the shelter, it doesn't make the situation any easier.
"They just see this as new territory so they're very rambunctious and hyper and stuff."
That's where people like Ryan Vermilyea come along. He and his fellow church members were on their way to a mission trip in Honduras.
They missed their plane and ended up staying home in Live Oak.
"Instead we just felt like God was really opening up a door for us to be minister here in Live Oak," he said.
They brought toys and helped pass the time playing around with children at the shelter.
"We brought some of our youth group up here and we heard there were some kids inside that were getting stir crazy a little bit and so we came up here and just organized some games and activities over here on the playground," Vermilyea added.
Red Cross officials say they will remain at the shelter until help is no longer needed.