Early Wednesday morning, the first of many Rita evacuees arrived in Lubbock. University Medical Center is treating two hospital patients from Galveston. Two women arrived just before two a.m. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Hospital officials tell NewsChannel 11 they are receiving care in the burn unit.
The UT branch at Galveston released all of its burn patients except these two who need extensive treatment. One of the patients is receiving treatment for burns she suffered over 28% of her body. The other patient is being treated for a medical condition. UMC was chosen over four other burn centers in the state.
Meanwhile Lubbock is making room for at least 500 other evacuees that could arrive as early as Thursday. Right now city employees are making preparations at Reese Center. Wednesday morning State Emergency Operations will determine exactly how many Rita evacuees will be sent. City officials tell us they could know as early as Wednesday afternoon.