Doyline to evacuate starting Dec. 1
Explosive cleanup forces hundreds to take shelter
Please leave. That's what law enforcement stressed tonight a town meeting at Doyline School. Officials highly recommend those in the area leave their home this weekend while improperly stored explosives are removed from Camp Minden. The evacuate order won't be taken lightly. Annette Walker says she isn't worried about her possessions but her life.
"We're leaving," she said. "They recommend we leave, we go. A house is just a house. If something were to go wrong, I may not be here to tell you I'm leaving."
Walker says its a costly inconvenience and several agreed. She and her family won't let the situation get to them.
"Everybody likes a weekend away sometimes, but you don't want it to be a have to situation," Walker said. "We're going to make the best of it."
Police say an investigation is being conducted into why the explosive products at Camp Minden were being stored improperly. However, Walker says measures should be taken to make sure this never happens again.
"There's got to be an agency, some oversight for these places," Walker said. "Otherwise, anybody can do what they want, and if they don't get a slap on the hand or go to jail, or if nobody gets hurt, no harm no foul, that's not correct."
The evacuation starts on December 1, 2012. A shelter has been set up at Caney Lake Convention Center on Methodist Camp Road in Minden. Small animals are allowed to be taken. Things like food, bedding, towels and other basics must be taken. Those who choose to stay in Doyline will be under curfew that lasts from dark until daylight. Roads leading into the town will be closed.
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