Texas family worries about going home

WEST MONROE, LA (KNOE) Hundreds of Texas residents who were forced to evacuate because of Hurricane Harvey are heading back to their homes.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services said the Texans are staying in shelters in Shreveport and Alexandria will be transported to a shelter in Dallas.

Some of those who evacuated on their own aren't so sure they're ready to go back.

Like the Elam family who has been staying at a West Monroe hotel for two weeks. They have some concerns that might make their stay here a little longer.

"There's absolutely no way that it's going to be back to normal when we get home," said Laura Elam.

The Elam family has been staying at the home Two Hotel in West Monroe for two weeks.

While they've been comfortable, they said there's no place like home. They just worry about what home looks like these days

"I spoke to my friend this afternoon and he stated that there are places that are still under water," Laura said.

The water isn't the only issue.

"There was very little gasoline, in our community and the food is scarce and supplies," Bill Elam said.

They're scared they're going to have trouble finding even basic things when they get back.

"They're on Facebook telling each other where the bread is, where the milk is and all of that," Emily Elam said.

Money might force them to leave.

They say they've already spent thousands of dollars from the hotel rooms to travel costs.

"The main thing is if we can get everything settled with FEMA, so we can get our hotel bills paid for. And, hopefully, they may even pick up our vehicle," Emily said.

The hotel is working to get the family help through FEMA transitional shelter assistance.

Through all of these lows, their hopes are high.

"The Lord has blessed us. There were so many people left off," Irma Elam said.

This is the first time the hotel has worked with FEMA. The hotel manager said this will prepare them for possible Hurricane Irma evacuees.

She said people are already starting to book their rooms.



 
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