Lubbock Closes Evacuee Shelters - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/27/05

Lubbock Closes Evacuee Shelters

All of the Hurricane Rita evacuees have cleared out of Lubbock's shelters.

American Red Cross Chairman Greg Bruce and Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Martin, who both oversaw local shelter operations, hosted a live news conference from Reese Center, Tuesday afternoon. Bruce pointed out that this is the second time Lubbock has successfully responded to evacuees in their time of need.

"Today we are able to say we have successfully completed our second shelter operation for evacuees from hurricanes along the Texas Gulf Coast," Bruce said.

The conference preceded the final departure of Hurricane Rita evacuees from Lubbock. Since Sunday, Lubbock has been organizing transportation to return evacuees back to the Houston area. About 800 evacuees came to Lubbock last Thursday night to escape Hurricane Rita, that's double the amount that came to Lubbock earlier this month following Hurricane Katrina. Martin said Lubbock will step up to the plate again if it's ever needed in the future.

"Lubbock and the South Plains have stepped up one more time to help fellow citizens of Louisiana and Texas in their time of trouble. We all hope that these folks return speedily tonight to their homes, in this case Bay Town, Texas, and are able to re-establish their lives." Martin said.

He also thanked the thousands of volunteers who helped operate the shelters. Following the news conference, the remaining evacuees filed in to several charter buses. They are expected to reach their destination by Wednesday morning.

NewsChannel 11 News Story Archives-2005
Looking for a story, then search our archives. They are organized by the month and the day that they aired.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Suspect due in court Monday after 9 die in sweltering truck

    Suspect due in court Monday after 9 die in sweltering truck

    Monday, July 24 2017 1:11 AM EDT2017-07-24 05:11:22 GMT
    Monday, July 24 2017 2:45 AM EDT2017-07-24 06:45:05 GMT

    Officials say nearly 20 other people rescued from the back of the rig early Sunday were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke.

    Officials say nearly 20 other people rescued from the back of the rig early Sunday were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke.

  • Ahead of key vote, details of GOP health bill still unknown

    Ahead of key vote, details of GOP health bill still unknown

    Sunday, July 23 2017 3:41 PM EDT2017-07-23 19:41:05 GMT
    Monday, July 24 2017 2:40 AM EDT2017-07-24 06:40:47 GMT

    The Senate will move forward with a vote this week on a Republican health care bill but it's not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace the Affordable Care Act or simply repeal it.

    The Senate will move forward with a vote this week on a Republican health care bill but it's not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace the Affordable Care Act or simply repeal it.

  • Baby Charlie protesters rally as hospital reports threats

    Baby Charlie protesters rally as hospital reports threats

    Sunday, July 23 2017 4:00 AM EDT2017-07-23 08:00:44 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:32 PM EDT2017-07-24 01:32:24 GMT

    Activists supporting the baby's parents will gather Sunday outside the High Court in London where legal proceedings will resume Monday with new medical evidence expected.

    Activists supporting the baby's parents will gather Sunday outside the High Court in London where legal proceedings will resume Monday with new medical evidence expected.

Powered by Frankly