- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 6, 2013

The government shutdown is forcing Lake Mead residents out of their homes because they sit on federal land, a Las Vegas television station reported.

Joyce Spencer, 77, and her husband, Ralph, 80, were given 24 hours to vacate their home on Thursday.

“I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants,” Mrs. Spencer told KTNV.


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The couple has been living in the family ice cream store, and they’re not allowed home until the government reopens, the station said.

“I had to be sure and get his walker and his scooter that he has to go in,” Mrs. Spencer said. “We’re not hurt in any way except it might cost me if I have to go buy more pants.”

The Lake Mead properties are considered vacation homes, and one of the lease requirements is people must have an alternative residence, the station said.