Region 8 Residents Frantically Trying to Contact Relatives in Hurricane Zone

AUGUST 31, 2005 - Posted at 4:10 p.m. CDT

EVENING SHADE, AR - The worst natural disaster in U.S. history continues to unfold with death tolls now feared to be in the thousands.

No news is absolutely agonizing to those who are trying to contact family members not heard from since Katrina came ashore.  Cell phone towers are down, leaving many storm victims and their families and loved ones without any way to communicate.

One family in Evening Shade still hasn't heard from their relatives in Mississippi, and they say the wait is tough to endure.

"You can watch TV for so long, and watch the same coverage over and over and over and you don't find out anything new," said Lora Bailey.

Relative Mary Calrson is awaiting word on the fate of her sons and grandchildren.

"It just kind of all runs together and a billion things go through your mind, especially with the kind of reports we've had," she said.

Nine members of their family are still unaccounted for in southern Mississippi.

"I believe they would have been right in the eye wall when it came up, and it was still a category one," said Bailey.

"If there is any news, we need to know, good or bad," added Calrson.

So far, the family isn't losing hope.

"I don't think there is a moment that goes by that I don't think about them," said Bailey.