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Oct 3, 2013 7:13 PM by April Hansen, KSBY

Local families feel impact of government shutdown

It's day three of the government shutdown and some families on the Central Coast are feeling the effects.

Many federally funded employees and their families are off the job until a budget agreement is made in Washington.

Some local families say this is a scary situation for them.

"To shutdown like that. That's really scary," said Ayryan Dickinson.

She's a mother of two and a part-time photographer. She says her former husband works for InDyne, a Vandenberg Air Force Base contractor, and was told to stay home because of the shutdown.

"How can it get any worse? It seems times are so tight right now," said Dickinson.

She says her main concern now is her two sons.

"It's sad. The kids are going to struggle and struggle to have to pay bills and their mortgages and car payments, so that's stressful," said Dickinson.

Many other local families are in the same situation.

"My husband just got word this morning that his company, the Aerospace Corp. can do no more work, and he is officially on furlough," said Cindy Leyva, via Facebook.

"Been at the commissary 10 plus years. Between the last furlough and now this shut down, my family has been very much affected," said Raymond Williams, via Facebook.

More than 800 of Vandenberg's civilian employees were furloughed, which is about 75% of the base's civilian staff.

Dickinson says the worst part is not knowing when it will be over.

"It's scary. Very scary," she said.

The federal prison in Lompoc also employs hundreds of people in the area. A representative there says its 500 employees are still going to work every day.

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