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Evacuee Stories: Judy and Louise

All of those evacuees are going through their own hardships and wondering what's left to go back home to. Tonight, some evacuees from Tyler's St. Louis Baptist Church share their stories with KLTV 7's Courtney Lane.


It could be another few weeks before these evacuees can go home to Beaumont.

They're not sure what exactly they'll face, but they're hoping it won't be as devastating as when Rita hit.

"When Rita was there and we went back home we didn't have electricity for another 2 weeks before we had electricity and we had to use generators and the price of gas is a lot higher now...and if you don't have any money, you're in bad shape," said Judy Wallace.

"A storm that bad I'm eager to go check it out cause through Rita it shook all my pipes. We've already had to do plumbing all through the house," said Louise Cruz.

For now, all they can do is wait and hope for the best, though some have made contact back home.

Judy Wallace and her family just got some news that was very relieving to hear.

"Everything in our house is fine so far, it's fine but a lot of other areas is still under water. So we were lucky it didn't flood where we live," said Wallace.

They're anxious to get back and pick up their lives, though they know it's going to take some time and a lot of work.

"I'm going to clean up my yard, take care of my dogs, clean up my house. Just try to pick up from where I left off," said Cruz.

"Just keep on going. Just keep on going this is in the past and we've got to go forward. We got to rebuild our city again and get back on track and we're going to do this because we're some strong people," said Wallace.

They say that strength comes through their faith and the love and goodness they've seen here at St. Louis Church.

"The Lord's watching out for us every where we are," said Cruz.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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