Louisiana Family Searches for Missing Children

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

August 31, 2005
A Louisiana family is split apart by the hurricane. Three of their children are missing, and they have no way to find out if they are dead or alive.

The Slidell family barely escaped from Louisiana, and they continue to search for their missing children. June and Donald Durden can’t find their son, and the phone lines are down.

“I haven’t heard from him, and I’m so worried about that,” June said.

“We’ve been trying to get in touch with him, but we can’t,” Donald said.

The family sits glued to the news, watching the destruction. Three of their eight children are now missing. Two more just went back to check on the family dogs. Donald Durden is one of the children who evacuated.

“If it wasn’t for my daughter, I probably would have stayed,” Donald said.

His daughter’s mother is also missing.

The hurricane broke early Monday morning in Louisiana.

“The roof blew off and the walls started collapsing,” Donald said.

The family left around 9:30 Central Time Sunday morning and got to McCormick around 9:30 Eastern Time Sunday night.

They lived in their house for twenty-five years, and now everything is destroyed. June does not know what they’re going to do.

“My home is gone. All of my kids’ homes are gone,” June said.

They don’t know when they will be able to return home. They Durden family does not have insurance and have not gotten any word about disaster relief because most phone lines in the area are down.

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