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Evening Shade, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Region 8 Residents Wait for Word from Hurricane Hit Family

August 31, 2005 – Posted at 4:19 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 Hurricane Katrina came ashore.

Cell phone towers and telephone lines are down leaving many storm victims 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, whose brothers, neices and nephews are unaccounted for.

Bailey, her husband and her mother Mary Carlson have been glued to the television since Hurricane Katrina hit.

Carlson’s sons and grandchildren are part of the missing, “It just kind of all runs together and a billion things go through your mind especially with the kind of reports we've had.”

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,” said Carlson.

So far, the family isn't losing hope.

“I think we would have heard something, somehow if something would have happened,” sighed Carlson.

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

The Bailey family says they haven't heard any reports of death where their family is located near Stonewall, Mississippi, but they say they won't have peace of mind until they hear their family's voices for themselves.

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