FEMA sets up distribution site in Bristol

FEMA sets up distribution site in Bristol
FEMA sets up distribution site in Bristol
Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 14:57:48-04

BRISTOL, Fla. (WTXL) - Residents in Liberty County are still without power and county leaders can't even estimate when it will be restored. 

The Florida Emergency Management Agency is continuing to send food, water, and supplies to the area. 

Since Hurricane Michael hit, FEMA has sent dozens of trailers filled with food and supplies to Bristol. And as locals are pulling up, military personnel fills their car with all the necessities. 

A distribution site is set up outside Bristol's emergency management center for Liberty County residents.

On Thursday night, FEMA dropped off supplies and is continuing to restock them.

The U.S. Military Guard is managing the site until there is no longer a need in the area. 

"You can see the devastation in their face and they're real appreciative that we're out here. Even though it's hot and it's sunny and we're all sweating, we're happy to be here," said Sgt. First Class Ronald Messer with the U.S. Army. "It gives us more sense of pride in our community being a guardsmen out here." 

The distribution site includes a group of residents, now also supporting recovery efforts.

The donations into Liberty County are coming from far and wide but also, from others in the community. 

"This is our community coming together and just really doing what needs to be done. And we're just out here. On Sunday, we serviced probably 2,000 cars," said Coy Collins, a Bristol resident. 

Residents in Bristol told us the sense of community is so strong that locals have even donated these supplies to be given out to those who need them most.