Rita Evacuees Begin Return Home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/25/05

Rita Evacuees Begin Return Home

Lubbock became a safe place for more than 800 Hurricane Rita evacuees; more than 400 of them are now on their way back home. The Lubbock Emergency Operations Center got the ok from Harris County that residents could starting returning to their communities. Eight busses left Lubbock around 9 p.m. Sunday headed to Houston. Residents from Baytown are not yet allowed to return back to their community. That city's infrastructure is not yet ready.

"They've got flooding. They've got power outages. Their sewer lift station, their water facilities are not running at full capacity, and they have asked us to give them some time to get their utilities up and running and their infrastructure rebuilt," said Ken Olson, Emergency Management Coordinator.

About 350 Baytown residents remain in Lubbock shelters.

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