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Hurricane Evacuees' Homes Under Water

"I visualized last night each room and which one was most important to me," Evola Cornin, from New Orleans, LA, said. "And when it's all said and done, you can replace clothes, you can replace things like that."

What you cannot replace is people, so the families taking shelter at First Christian Church have stuck together since they left their hometowns.

"We are in trailers, so five trailers are gone," Mary Whitney, from Violet, LA, said.

Many of the evacuees are spending a lot of time in front of the television, just trying to get a glimpse of their town, parish, or neighborhood. For most of them, rooftops are the only things they can see, and water instead of streets.

"My sister," Cornin said, in tears. "She decided to go to an apartment with another relative and she called us yesterday. And she's stuck at the apartment, and she can't get out."

Even so, people are thankful for the Tyler residents who have stepped in to help, giving donations and bringing supplies.

"I brought my dog, Molly, thinking that the children would enjoy her," Daisy Barger, a Tylerite, said. "For these poor refugees that have come so far, I just feel so sorry for them."

Red Cross volunteers have worked around the clock, providing food, entertainment, and a shoulder to cry on.

"Here we're using agencies that we never thought we'd use," Cornin said. "We're always helping agencies. And now it's coming back."

Help they'll use for days to come.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Red Cross, call First Christian Church in Tyler at 903-561-8138, to find out what they need most.

Julie Tam, reporting. jtam@kltv.com

 

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