Hundreds of people still living in Mississippi shelters | News
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- Although Hurricane Isaac has passed and many have returned back to their homes, according to spokesperson for the American Red Cross Kevin Titus, there are approximately three-hundred people still left in shelters all around Mississippi unable to go back to their homes.
Shelley and Bernon Fitchie have been staying at the Forrest County Community Shelter since Tuesday.
"It's real hard, I see all these other families, they suffering, they don't have nowhere to go, no house to go to and they got little ones, I mean, we don't have no little ones or anything, but I know how they feel," says Shelley. "It's real scary, I mean, sometimes I cry at night to myself."
Shelley and Bernon Fitchie are just two of many that have been affected by the hurricane and have no idea of what the future holds.
"You don't know how long the shelter is gonna last here, I mean, I don't know if I'm gonna be still here or if we're gonna have a place to go or anywhere," says Shelley.
For Nicola Magee, not knowing what is next is something she's already experienced.
"Being another disaster, I lost my home during Katrina as well, so this will be the second time around for me" says Nicola. "I flooded in Katrina, so I knew it was gonna flood this time again, so I knew to just take my kids and go."
Although living in a shelter is turning from days to a week for the Fitchie and Nicola, some like Sandy Shavers and Keontae Hoda are taking a risk and putting an end to that.
"We decided to stay up here until the water receded by our house. We've been up here ever since so we're gonna try to go home tomorrow and see what the conditions are," says Keontae.
There are currently six shelters that still remain open by the American Red Cross in the state of Mississippi.