Hundreds evacuated to Burton Coliseum - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hundreds evacuated to Burton Coliseum

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Ravaged by Tropical Storm Harvey, hundreds of Texans are now calling Southwest Louisiana their home, for home.

As buses roll into town, so does reality.

Entire lives in hand changed forever.

A sea of empty of cots awaits as hundreds prepare to call the Burton Coliseum home.

"The water started to rise, didn't know what was happening. Didn't get a mandatory evacuation or anything like that." 

One of those new residents is Francesca Cassidy - a young mother of all girls.

"You have to get out of the house now, it's mandatory. You cannot be here."

Like thousands of others, her world now under water.

"Finally, I was able to grab clothes for my kids. I didn't have time to think about myself. My oldest daughter was with my mom and I couldn't call her. I'm sorry, I couldn't call her."

Amidst the chaotic flooding, a mother is separated from her daughter.

"I didn't have time to think. I just grabbed clothes and I left."

A nightmare, with no ending in sight.

"I couldn't think. I wanted everything to go away."

That is until she heard a familiar voice.

"And finally I head mom, mom, mom, it's me. And I looked and it was my oldest daughter and my mom and my aunt. You just never know when things are going to happen."

A mother is reunited with her daughters.

Her stay under the bright lights of Burton Coliseum only just beginning.

Knowing what matters is right there with her.

"We have no home. We have nothing to go home to. All I have is my family."

Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE ON 7NEWS SUNRISE: Teen violence

    WATCH LIVE ON 7NEWS SUNRISE: Teen violence

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 7:20 AM EST2017-11-22 12:20:24 GMT
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)

    Good Morning. John Bridges and Britney Glaser with a look at what's coming up on 7News Sunrise.

    More >>

    Good Morning. John Bridges and Britney Glaser with a look at what's coming up on 7News Sunrise.

    More >>
  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 7:12 AM EST2017-11-22 12:12:00 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>
  • Shop small this 'Small Business Saturday'

    Shop small this 'Small Business Saturday'

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 5:34 AM EST2017-11-22 10:34:50 GMT
    (Source: www.americanexpress.com)(Source: www.americanexpress.com)

    This Saturday, small businesses across the country will be opening their doors with deals for customers. It's part of Small Business Saturday – an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In the Bayou State, there are a total of 436,867 small businesses with a total of 910,366 employ...

    More >>

    This Saturday, small businesses across the country will be opening their doors with deals for customers. It's part of Small Business Saturday – an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In the Bayou State, there are a total of 436,867 small businesses with a total of 910,366 employ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly