Flood evacuees talk about their experience

Posted at: 09/12/2013 10:25 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Being airlifted from your community, leaving everything behind, is a terrifying experience.

You'd imagine there being a lot of fear, a lot of sadness. Not here.

There was no complaining, just excitement over another adventure for a group of friends that's more like a big family.

"I'm glad I'm here with my family," Elizabeth Evelyn said. Evelyn says the evacuees from Lakewood may not be related, but every one of them is a member of a family of friends.

"We just do whatever we need to do, to be who we are, and get through this," Evelyn said.

Getting through the flood waters that overtook this big family's recreational vehicle ranch was like something out of an action movie.

Several hundred propane tanks whizzed by. The only access road into the tiny community became a lake after torrential downpours. The only way out was by airboat or by National Guard helicopter.

"I was thinking that's a lot of water. Could you believe it? No," resident Betty Campbell said.

Campbell was airlifted out of the RV park.

Every last family member from the park is safe and sound except for one who insisted on staying behind.

"Fear is not part of who I am. Not anymore," Evelyn said.

80 people are currently at the shelter at Leyva Middle School in Carlsbad. As for the one person who refused to be evacuated, he is believed to be okay.