Little Axe families still living in tents after tornado

Posted on: 10:51 pm, June 28, 2013, by , updated on: 09:14am, June 29, 2013


LITTLE AXE, OK — Five weeks after the EF4 tornado swept through Little Axe dozens of families are living in tents. One woman, with seven children, says a tent is the only option her family has.

“I don’t think people are aware they’re many people out here that are actually living in tents,” said Lisa McCathern.

She’s doing everything she can to help. She helped turn the local store into a donation drop off.

“Some people are lost and hopeless and now they’re feeling despair,” said McCathern.

Cathy Talbott is one of them. On top of the normal challenges after an EF4 tornado, she’s going through a divorce. She has seven children; three with special needs.

“Its getting to the point where even the kids, are having nightmares because they’re tired and we don’t know where we’re going to or what’s going to happen next,” said Talbott.

A new tent with more space for her children is in the process of being set up. Despite not having a home, there are so many other basic needs that aren’t being met either.

“I spend $70 dollars a week washing laundry but I haven’t had the money in two weeks. So the kids don’t have any clean clothes,” Talbott told us.

Families, out there, living in the tents are now concerned about the rising temperatures; making the situation all the more uncomfortable.