The City of Lubbock expects at least 2,000 total Hurricane Rita Gulf Coast evacuees.
The first to arrive came by charter plane to the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. A second plane arrived at 7:10 with 120 passengers aboard.
Two more flights are expected Thursday night, with each carrying 120 evacuees. Lubbock Police, EMS and city officials remain at the airport, awaiting the arrival of the additional evacuees. Many passengers are special needs patients along with their families. As each group arrives, they will be transported to the shelter at Reese Center which is equipped to house 500 evacuees.
Wednesday, just one day before the evacuee announcement, Lubbock city officials said they would stand down. They were not expecting evacuees because not enough planes were available to evacuate the millions of people trying to leave the Houston area. The federal government saw the chaos involved with those people trying to get out and donated military planes to help with mass evacuations.
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