Ivan Evacuees Head Home

Many of the families that sought refuge from Ivan in Tyler headed back home this morning.

The Melanson family from New Orleans caravanned in three cars to Tyler. The 12 member family which includes 2 dogs stayed in Tyler at the Holiday Inn Select. So did the Owens family. They all are happy Ivan missed New Orleans and that their homes are safe and sound. They say they appreciated all the East Texas hospitality they received.

"There were a lot of fun things to do and the people at the hotel were so very nice. The lady we boarded our big dog and didn't even charge me to board her. Everyone has been so kind we've been really impressed," says the Owens family.

The estimated drive home to New Orleans for all of these families is 12 to 16 hours.