Red Cross Opens Longview Evacuee Shelter

The mass exodus from Louisiana has left East Texas with "no room at the Inn" for weary Louisiana travelers. The Red Cross has stepped in to help out those looking for somewhere to rest.

Red Cross workers have opened a shelter at the Maude Cobb Activity Center in Longview to accommodate the overflow of Louisiana refugees. Volunteers say they can house just under a thousand people and provide sleeping cots and hot meals.

Workers will man Maude Cobb for as long as it takes to help out in a situation of a magnitude they've never seen before. If the activity center is filled, the Red Cross and Longview city officials may open the Fairgrounds Expo Center, which can house another 500 people.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.