Evacuees at Camp Gruber receive basic needs

Monday, September 5th 2005, 6:07 am
By: News On 6

BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) -- After nearly a week on the run -- first from Hurricane Katrina and then its chaotic aftermath – 1,434 Louisiana residents have found food, beds and shelter in Oklahoma.

The hot food and warm welcome at Camp Gruber in the eastern Oklahoma hills did much to comfort the weary evacuees. But it didn't erase the haunting visions of their drowning city.

Patricia DiFranco sat outside a medical clinic with her swollen feet bursting out of her shoes. She remembered how flood waters had forced her through a hole in her roof.

12-year-old Abraham Gomez, spoke with downcast eyes of the dead bodies he saw at the Superdome.

Tia DeSelle wanted to find shoes for her toddler son who was wearing nothing but a T-shirt and a diaper. But she couldn't stop thinking with anger that New Orleans' leaders had failed her.