Flooded, displaced residents along Treasure Coast fear cold weather as many look for shelter

The recent storm put many families on the street

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- - At Colony Court Apartments, at least 18 families are out on the street.

The complex is covered in mud, puddles and trash.

"It's just hard to believe. It's unbelievable. It's horrific. I mean you would think these apartments were abandoned," said Lateshia King, who lost most of her belongings.

Like so many of the tenants of Colony Court, King has no place to go on such sort notice.

Now, the complex could be hit again by the weather as residents try to get back up.

"It's ridiculously sad. There's no way to interpret it. I don't know what to say. I'm at a loss for words because it is getting cold. The temperatures are dropping," said King.

Picking up her remaining belongings and cleaning, King said she can feel the chill in the air.

By Thursday night forecasters predict temperatures could dip below 40 degrees.

"It's kind of the one-two punch," said Hazel Hoylman at In The Image of Christ shelter in Fort Pierce. "Yet, we're set up for it because it's what we do."

Some shelters are re-opening fearing those who are displaced could be left outside to bare the elements.

King, who spent the last few days in the shelter, said it is the generosity from others that is keeping her going.

"I just wanted to break down and lose it, but I just have to stay strong and continue to keep moving. Just get back what I lost, get back how I was," said King.

State disaster responders said crews toured Martin County and decided there was not enough damage for the area to qualify for FEMA funding.

Damages in St. Lucie County are still being accessed and responders are waiting for an initial report from local disaster management crews.

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