Gustav evacuees get waylaid in Lawton - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Gustav evacuees get waylaid in Lawton

Lawton_Dozens of Hurricane Gustav evacuees wound up in Lawton on Monday, but Lawton isn't a designated evacuation site, so there is no assistance available for them.  Oklahoma City is a designated evacuation site, and they are boarding evacuees at the Old Lucent Technology Center.  There are about 2,000 evacuees at the center, and it can hold double that amount of people.

A family from Lafayette, Lousiana is having trouble getting there from Lawton, though.  21 adults and 20 children from the Stevens family made their way to Lawton - unable to find lodging elsewhere.  It has been a difficult trip for them so far - they got lost, two cars have wheel problems, and they have 20 kids. 

Managing 20 children on a long and difficult trip is a challenge.  "We stopped at a gas station to put in gas...everybody jumps out," said Barbara Stevens.  "Now, you gotta run to try to grab them all back in to make sure you leave no one behind.  Now we're trying to make it back home.  We're trying to figure out if we have enough money for gas, we gotta get this tire fixed, we gotta get this tire rod fixed, we're at our wits end," she said.

If you are an evacuee of Hurricane Gustav and are making your way to Oklahoma City, take I-44 to I-40 West, travel North on Council Road to Reno.  You can also contact the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management at 405-521-2481.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Putin idea for Ukraine referendum rejected by White House

    Putin idea for Ukraine referendum rejected by White House

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:09 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:09:56 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:22 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:22:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 20, 2018, to board Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Bedminster N.J., for the we...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 20, 2018, to board Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Bedminster N.J., for the we...

    The White House says the Trump administration "is not considering supporting" a Vladimir Putin-backed call for a referendum in the eastern Ukraine.

    The White House says the Trump administration "is not considering supporting" a Vladimir Putin-backed call for a referendum in the eastern Ukraine.

  • Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat

    Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:18:54 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:21 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:21:38 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

  • 'Rentahitman' website causes confusion with name

    'Rentahitman' website causes confusion with name

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:19 AM EDT2018-07-21 11:19:18 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-07-21 12:52:15 GMT

    Bob Innes launched the website in 2005 and is not a hitman. Yet, he's received hundreds of messages from people with interest in the skill set.

    Bob Innes launched the website in 2005 and is not a hitman. Yet, he's received hundreds of messages from people with interest in the skill set.

Powered by Frankly