Little Axe, Newalla Tornado Victims Still Waiting For Relief

Saturday, June 29th 2013, 8:35 pm
By: News 9

Families impacted by the May 19, 2013. tornadoes have been trying to get back on their feet. Several people in the Little Axe and Newalla area said Saturday that they were not getting the help they were promised and so desperately need.

Nearly six weeks after a twister hit this part of the state, the destruction is still visible. Some families are now living in tents as they await insurance money or help from FEMA. For one mom of seven, things became more complicated because her family was staying with her mom. Cathy Talbott said she was not eligible for insurance or FEMA assistance.

"The kids don't know and I don't know what's going to happen next, and that's, it's scary," explained Talbott.

On Saturday, a church group put up two tents in the backyard of a family that runs a daycare. Talbott did not know any of these people, but was thankful for the help.

"It feels really good that people care. I honestly didn't think anybody would care about our family and what was going on," she said. "We appreciate everything that is being done for our family. This is a very scary time for our family and for our friends as well."

Bobbie Steely and Lisa McCathern operate a convenience store and salon on S. Harrah Rd. They have seen first-hand what some of their neighbors have gone through and have been collecting donations at the Shell gas station in Newalla since the tornado came through.

The Red Cross said they are trying to keep up with all the needs families are facing. They have opened more than 300 cases in the Little Axe area that equates to about 1,000 people getting help. A spokesman with the Red Cross told News 9 that even those who have received help can ask for more by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

Several neighbors said they appreciated the work Red Cross and other volunteers have been doing, but they still need more financial help.