Shelters remain home for thousands displaced by Hurricane Irma

Posted at 11:43 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 08:35:46-04

The basketball court at the Alico Arena providing an assist to over 300 families, some who don't know if their home is still standing.

"And here we are, I don't know where I'd be without them," said Patrick McKeen. 

A tear dropped down his cheek as Patrick McKeen explained that the Alico Arena was the second shelter he's been to since the hurricane.

"I thought I would go home to nothing. I have a trailer and a mobile home park in Lakes Park and, of course, it got flooded," said Patrick McKeen.

Many of the people here came from other shelters which closed Monday.

"I was really nervous there because there were 4,000 people there, and here there's only 400 here right now," said one woman staying at the shelter. 

It's not home, but during these times it's a close second.

Red Cross is helping out with warm meals.

"It is hard, really hard, but I mostly see that people have a really good spirit, and a really good attitude and that's comfort to me," said Jill Bode, Red Cross Volunteer.

Red Cross has 1,400 volunteers at shelters across the state, helping to provide relief.

Tuesday Governor Rick Scott stopped by to meet with the families there.

For McKeen, it was a silver lining.  "I got to shake hands with the man and I told him how happy I was and grateful for the rapid response. I don't know where I'd be if he wasn't here, and done the things that he's done," said McKeen.