Locals couldn't build any homes, schools, or buildings of any kind during the 40-year freeze. Living in poverty-like conditions for decades, the community has little wealth to spend now on development.
"'If it wasn't for the Bennett Freeze, we would have a place to live,' said [Larry] Gordy, a large man with a patchy black beard and an amiable manner. "But now we just have a junk pile out here. Now that the Freeze is lifted, we're expected to come out here and build something out of all this junk."