Life Not Normal A Year After Creek County Wild Fires
By Yvonne Lewis
Gary Teague left home for 20 minutes on the day of the Creek County wildfires.When he came back all that was left was his barn, his boat and his truck.On a slab of concrete once stood a 2,100 square-foot double-wide mobile home. The Teagues owned it along with two rentals. None of it was insured. They try not to think about it."It's been a nightmare. My doctor stuff could see the pressure on us," Teague said.Gary wears a pacemaker and that was before his 9-acres were among the 58,000 acres that burned in Creek County last August."It was boiling flames coming down from the sky," he said.They got money from FEMA, but not enough to replace their losses since they didn't have insurance. They now live out of a travel trailer. "I don't know how we go forward," Teague said. "I don't have enough money to do what I want to do or we would have done done it."They try not to let it get to them, but you can tell it does."We still enjoy life and put away all the hurt and just go on. We can make it," Gary's wife, Linda said."There was a woman on television sitting in her house crying about losing stuff and I'm thinking what, you still got stuff, you got a house, you got stuff around, you've got stuff, but you just go on."Gary says he's angry at the man accused of starting the fire."Yes most definitely. If I can get my hands on him...afraid they'd need some police officers to keep me from choking this man," Teague said.Gary wants to stay and try to rebuild, but Linda wants to sell their 9-acres and move to town. What they can agree on is that last year's fire changed everything.
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