Rita Evacuees Required To Return Home In Phases - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Rita Evacuees Required To Return Home In Phases

Plans are in the works to charter flights or buses to return the remaining Hurricane Rita evacuees to the Gulf Coast.

110 special needs evacuees will fly home around midnight, Monday. Red Cross Chairmen Greg Bruce tells NewsChannel 11 he hopes to shut the coliseum shelter down by Tuesday. Any remaining evacuees will be moved to the Reese Center. 300 Hurricane Rita evacuees left Lubbock by bus Sunday night. They arrived at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center just before eight o'clock Monday morning.

Meanwhile, we've had several calls from self-evacuees wanting to know when they can return home. The state has released a map that includes a four-part return. Counties shaded in green started returning Sunday. Those living in the purple shaded area were allowed back to their cities Monday. Tuesday, those in the yellow area can return. A scheduled return for those living in the orange area, which is the Port Arthur and Beaumont area is still pending.

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