No News May Not Mean Good News This Time

August 29, 2005 - Posted at 7:45 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR--  The phone calls aren't being answered back home, and for many evacuees, it's disheartening.

Hotels here in Jonesboro are still filling up with those fleeing from the storm, and they don't know when they will be going home.

We followed up with the Frederickson's and they said they watched the eye of the storm pass over their town. The only family they have heard from were there parents and a brother who said they have been told there is water in their homes, and the town is disasterous.

The Frederickson's know it's hard to have to pick up and get out of town, and they are lending their support out to other refugees.

"We know it's hard. We hope and pray everyone was fortunate enough to get out in time. People who are like us, fleeing the storm, it's hard... it hurts and we feel for them."

They were actually able to help a fellow evacuee family in need. We covered a story tonight, (Monday), in which a family was unsure of what they were going to do for shelter because of lack of money. Susan and Richard were able to get in touch with the family and lend their support.

Some evacuees weren't going to stay here and do nothing. Ray Rivero of Mississippi, said he was headed back today to see what was left.

"We have businesses there, and it's going to hurt if we lose 'em, and if there is nothing left, at least I can do something to help out and get things back together."

Many families feel the same.