Hurricane Evacuees In Montgomery Anxious To Go Home

Storm Over But Not Stress For Evacuees In Montgomery
Storm Over But Not Stress For Evacuees In Montgomery

Erica Rubio and her family of 10 pass the time by chatting, dribbling a basketball in the gym at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church and wondering.

"The news shows only New Orleans. They don't show much of the west bank," said Rubio of Gretna, Louisiana.

A few miles away at another shelter, Jeff Kirk hasn't had a good night's sleep in 3 days.

"A lot of uncertainty," said Kirk of New Orleans.

The two families don't know each other but share the same hope, the hope that Hurricane Gustav spared their homes.

"There's probably a lot of damage even though the storm wasn't as severe as they expected," said Kirk.

Much like the game of basketball, Rubio knows life can often deliver an unpredictable bounce. She learned that lesson 3 years ago when Hurricane Katrina destroyed the family home. Gustav threatened to do it again, but this time Rubio found a way to laugh at the uncertainty of it all and not worry about it.

"You gotta stay positive. When you lose material things you can replace that. You're okay as long as you don't lose your family," said Rubio.

Hurricane Gustav turned out to be a category two instead of a cat 3, not as strong as advertised yet emergency personnel ordered a mandatory evacuations. Kirk and Rubio say it was the right call at the right time; no criticism, no regrets.

"We did the right thing. The storms have a mind of their own," Rubio said.

"They called it as they saw it," Kirk said.

Jeff Kirk and Erica Rubio won't be able to go home until Thursday. Two more days of waiting and hoping they'll have a home to go back to.