Lubbock Preparing For Hurricane Dean Evacuees - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/18/07

Lubbock Preparing For Hurricane Dean Evacuees

Lubbock city leaders met at City Hall Saturday evening for an emergency meeting about Hurricane Dean.  As the hurricane barrels across the Caribbean, Governor Perry is already planning for the storm to hit the Texas Gulf Coast and part of those plans include Lubbock.

The meeting was called Saturday afternoon at 3:00, and the goal is to have $500,000 readily available in the event Lubbock becomes a safe haven for evacuees.

As Hurricane Dean continues to pick up steam with winds in excess of 155 miles per hour, Lubbock needs the money available to prepare the City Bank Coliseum and the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center - much like they did when in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.

The two facilities would be used as shelters for up to 800 evacuees if need be. The resolution passed Saturday also opens up the door for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the city for any and all expenses incurred by the city if evacuees, do in fact, come to Lubbock.

In addition to city council , the Lubbock County Commissioners Court met as well - as they too prepare for Hurricane Dean's worst.

If you'd like to volunteer in assisting with preparations , you may sign up at the Mahon Library at 1306 9th Street. You can sign up between 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday or Monday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Enter the library through the north door.

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