Evacuee Stories: Armiller, Mother Of A Galveston Police Officer

For the folks still waiting to go home after Ike, there is an eerie uncertainty as to what they are going home to.

Yet all the evacuees we talked to from Tyler's St. Louis Baptist Church remain optimistic and in good spirits. One woman tells KLTV 7's Courtney Lane what it was like getting out at the last minute and the danger her son faced, a police officer stationed in Galveston when Ike hit.

"Downtown Beaumont, I heard, there was like 9 feet of water and some neighborhoods 7 feet of water. And apartment buildings just tore up, homes. It reminds me of Hurricane Rita but this time with more water. It's just terrible."

Armiller Stewart says the hardest part of Hurricane Ike was not knowing if her son was okay.

He's a police officer in Galveston, and was stationed there as Ike ripped through.

"I know that they had him in the San Louis Building hotel and when I talked to him he said the floor that they were on, the windows just blew so they had to run downstairs. And during that time when I was watching television all I could do was just pray," said Stewart.

Stewart said those prayers were answered.

"He sent me a prayer on my cell and you know I just broke down because I taught him how to pray and how to believe and that God is going to take care of you and trust Him and have faith, and that's what he did."

Stewart says she's thankful to be here.

She was actually supposed to go to Dallas, but felt she was led to St. Louis Baptist Church.

"There is a testimony here. Because like I said I wasn't supposed to be here, I had a hotel, I had everything I needed for a hotel but somehow I think God just turned me around to come here for a reason."

Here she, like so many other evacuees, found a house of hope that's giving them the strength to move forward.

"I'm enjoying myself because of the kindness and the love that they are giving us," said Stewart.

Courtney Lane, Reporting clane@kltv.com