Evacuees wait their turn for trip back home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Evacuees wait their turn for trip back home

After the storm, hundreds of hurricane evacuees are on their way back home. Hopping on a train while hundreds of others are left behind.

In some cases, tempers are flaring while they wait for their train to arrive.

Evacuees who have been housed in Jackson, TN were the first to leave.

Those getting federal assistance in Memphis must wait until tomorrow. Meantime, tempers are being tested with each passing day.

Roxanne Clayton and her daughter were the first two through the door at Central Station.

"It's good to get back home 'cause it's home. No place like home," evacuee Roxanne Clayton said.

Three thousand evacuees who've gotten help from the federal government will take the same trip.

Those who were housed in Jackson, Tennessee were the first up while hundreds of others housed in Memphis must wait their turn.

Tempers flared at the Glenview Community Center where Jennifer Risinger's been staying.

Evacuee Johnathan Davis is now in jail, charged with assaulting fellow evacuees over what he thought was a stolen cell phone charger.

Emergency management officials said tempers come with the territory during any evacuation.

"You just have all the human experiences you'd expect to have. Some good, some not so good," Shelby County EMA director Bob Nations said.

They are working to make sure all evacuees they have been helping in the Mid-South are on their own train by the end of the weekend.

Evacuees housed here in Memphis will depart early tomorrow evening.

Those with special needs will be bused home Saturday or Sunday.


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