Finally Going Home

Finally Going Home
By: Arnold Wyrick

Canadian National officials had some good news and bad news for Tamaroa residents. Some were going to be heading home, finally after being evacuated since Sunday morning. But people living within one mile of the dangerous train derailment, will not be going home anytime soon.

"We live right in town, right here," said Carol Phillips as her and her husband looked at a map of Tamaroa, and where the new evacuation line was being drawn. "I'm worried about my home and my business. What condition it's going to be in and our neighborhood," says Phillips.

She wasn't alone in voicing her concerns about what residents will be facing once they do get to return home. "We've got the animals in there, they were still alive last night when we checked on them. But what's all the chemicals going to do to them in the next six months," asked Eileen Koenegstein. "What if we have deterioration in our home in the months to come, or if we get sick, because the fumes are still in the house. What do we do then," Koenegstein asked.

But for those who were heading home, they were just looking forward to the simpler things in life. "I'm glad to be home. I can take a shower and sleep in my own bed, and it's going to be nice," says Sharanda Galloway as she unloaded cloths from her pickup.

Galloway's friend Michael Roe was just glad to be home. "Now that I see where that sign is, you look right out the front door and there it is. We're just a few feet away from the cut off area," said Roe. Officials say the clean up is going well, but they still haven't given any timetable on how long it's going to take to put Tamaroa back to normal. Perry County Sheriff Keith Kellerman estimated that the number of people being allowed to return home, was a small percentage of the total number of people who've been evacuated from Tamaroa.