West Lafayette becomes a safe haven for a woman escaping Tropical Storm Florence

Crider made the decision to drive thousands of miles to Indiana, packing up her car, and leaving nothing behind.

Posted: Sep. 15, 2018 7:19 PM
Updated: Sep. 17, 2018 5:23 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Most people travel someplace to the south for their vacation. Usually a place far away from the Hoosier state. But one woman decided to come to Indiana for her vacation for her safety.

Spending her Saturday tailgating with her family and watching as the Boilermakers took on the Missouri Tigers.

"I live in North Carolina and Hurricane Florence is coming and completely taking all of North Carolina beaches so we decided to get out of town," said Abbey Crider.

That’s when her aunt, Ally Goodrich, came to the rescue.

"When I spoke with my niece and she said I probably need to evacuate I said well if you want to drive a little further, then come to Lafayette," said Goodrich.

Crider made the decision to drive hundreds of miles to Indiana, packing up her car, and leaving nothing behind.

"I brought everything with me, everything I needed to," she said.

Everything except the most important things to her: her mom and sister.

"My family lives in Charleston. They're both nurses,” she said. “They had to divide into team A and B so team A had to stay and team B got to leave. So they had to stay and make sure if anyone got called in for any injuries or fatalities that happened during the storm."

The family is staying in contact with their loved ones left behind.

"We've been in touch by phone and so at least we know right now that they are okay,” said Goodrich. “They have no power and the water is rising."

Both Crider and her Aunt say it's hard for them knowing they are in the middle of danger.

"But I also know they are there for a good reason,” said Goodrich. “They are in the medical field and they have responsibilities to patients and people who are ill."

But for this family, Saturday was all about being thankful for the clear blue skies over Ross-Ade Stadium. And counting blessings.

"We are here with friends tailgating and just trying to make some good memories even in light of a challenging situation back home," said Goodrich.

"It's great to be up here, it's a beautiful day and I love college football so I'm happy to be here," said Crider.

Crider said she hopes to start making her return to her home on Sunday. But she said she will stay until it is deemed safe for her to return.

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