Shutdown forces Overton residents from homes - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Shutdown forces Overton residents from homes

The closure of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area forced dozens of Overton residents from their homes. (FOX5) The closure of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area forced dozens of Overton residents from their homes. (FOX5)
OVERTON, NV (FOX5) -

As the government shutdown drags on, problems continue to mount in southern Nevada.

In Overton, dozens of residents were forced to leave their homes and the shutdown is to blame.

Behind a roadblock near Stewart's Point in Overton sits 27 homes. While the affected residents own those homes, the National Park Service owns the land, which is leased by homeowners.

The land is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The road that leads to their homes was closed, leaving them with no way in or out. The problem is affecting businesses there as well.

"They said it was like this in 1995, but when they shut down the government for 21 days, they never shut the road down, they never told us to leave or anything," homeowner Joyce Spencer said.

Park rangers on Wednesday told Spencer she had 24 hours to pack up and get out.

"I'm no spring chicken anymore, and you know, I couldn't think straight. I was so frustrated I just couldn't think," Spencer said.

Spencer and her family run nearby restaurant Inside Scoop. Spencer's son-in-law, Chris Cook, works at the popular eatery. Not only is he worried about his aging parents, he says the family relies on visitors for income. With the park shut down, the family could be hurting.

"By the first of November, when the snowbirds and the veterans' parade and all of that stuff is going on, it's really going to hurt us then," Cook said. "We may not get them. They may decide to stay home or go other places."

The family is staying in a motor home for the time being.

Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • As federal taxes go down, Louisiana income taxes go up

    As federal taxes go down, Louisiana income taxes go up

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:10 PM EST2018-02-20 03:10:50 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    It's no fun getting a pay raise only to have it eaten up by an increase in your bills, which is what's happening with federal tax reform in Louisiana. If you noticed a small increase in your pay check from federal tax reform, it may be fleeting as state taxes go up. The Louisiana constitution says if federal taxes go down, state taxes go up. But tax preparer Jessica Fisher, who is an area manager for Jackson Hewitt, says the offset should still leave you with a little somethin...

    More >>

    It's no fun getting a pay raise only to have it eaten up by an increase in your bills, which is what's happening with federal tax reform in Louisiana. If you noticed a small increase in your pay check from federal tax reform, it may be fleeting as state taxes go up. The Louisiana constitution says if federal taxes go down, state taxes go up. But tax preparer Jessica Fisher, who is an area manager for Jackson Hewitt, says the offset should still leave you with a little somethin...

    More >>
  • Possible threats to local high school being investigated

    Possible threats to local high school being investigated

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:43 PM EST2018-02-20 02:43:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Multiple agencies are investigating allegations of threats made against a local high school.  Threats were allegedly made against DeRidder High School by a juvenile, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy with the DeRidder police department.  The juvenile was detained and a search warrant has been served. Deputy Chief Rudy says there is no immediate threat to the students or staff at DeRidder High School.  The DeRidder Police Department, Beauregard Parish Sheriff...

    More >>

    Multiple agencies are investigating allegations of threats made against a local high school.  Threats were allegedly made against DeRidder High School by a juvenile, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy with the DeRidder police department.  The juvenile was detained and a search warrant has been served. Deputy Chief Rudy says there is no immediate threat to the students or staff at DeRidder High School.  The DeRidder Police Department, Beauregard Parish Sheriff...

    More >>
  • The Marshall Tucker Band to perform in Lake Charles

    The Marshall Tucker Band to perform in Lake Charles

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:28 PM EST2018-02-20 02:28:41 GMT

    The Marshall Tucker Band will perform in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 25 at 8:30 PM according to a news release.   The group combined rock, rhythm, country, blues and jazz with extended instrumental passages to help establish the Southern rock genre in the 1970’s. Their hits include the singles “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song”, and “Fire On The Mountain”. Tickets go on sale Fri...

    More >>

    The Marshall Tucker Band will perform in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 25 at 8:30 PM according to a news release.   The group combined rock, rhythm, country, blues and jazz with extended instrumental passages to help establish the Southern rock genre in the 1970’s. Their hits include the singles “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song”, and “Fire On The Mountain”. Tickets go on sale Fri...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly