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Nevada Couple Forced Out of Home Due to Gov't Shutdown

By: KNTV/CBS
By: KNTV/CBS

A Nevada couple says the government shutdown has forced them out of their private home because they sit on federal land.

Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They've been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn't an option.

The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they've owned since the 70s, but on Thursday (10/3), a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.

The Stewart's Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they're not allowed in until the government reopens.

Park officials said property owners can visit only to retrieve belongings.

Joyce Spencer said she's dealing okay with the situation in the meantime, staying with nearby family, but the move was a lot to handle as a senior citizen.

The Lake Mead properties are considered vacation homes. One of the lease requirements to own a plot is people must have an alternative residence.

Regardless, the Spencers said it's their property and they should be allowed in, shutdown or not.


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