Harvey evacuees at Nacogdoches shelter say they have no vehicles to return home

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - More evacuees are making their way back to their hometown, after being forced out by Hurricane Harvey nearly two weeks ago. But, as of Wednesday, nearly 60 evacuees are taking shelter at the Nacogdoches Civic Center. Those evacuees, however, say they have no means of transportation to travel back to their hometowns.

"Days kind of run together. At least two weeks I think, two weeks and half," said Michael Marcantel, an evacuee.

For this Deweyville man, the Civic Center is his fifth temporary home, and he's just seeking a normal routine.

"I mean, you have to put up with people getting upset and tensions are high. Everybody is on edge. They just want to go home. And a lot of people don't have homes to go to," Marcantel said.

But for some going home in itself presents another challenge.

"We need an automobile. Because FEMA will be there tomorrow at 1 o'clock and we have to be there," said Sheila Murray, another evacuee.

Finding a resolution on how to get back home to Vidor is what this woman and her family are working to solve in order to meet the FEMA inspector.

"Now, how in the world are we going to be there when we were transported out by school buses, and then it was a church bus. This is the fourth shelter that I've been in," Murray said.

Even if she does return, the Vidor woman said her home has been destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, leaving her no place to stay.

"I feel like crying or screaming," Murray said.

Meanwhile, a Lake View resident said the roads back home are still filled with water, posing an additional challenge.

"Our house, our travel trailer ,which they say is broken apart across the street. We have nothing to live in now," said Mary Loftin, an evacuee.
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