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9/22/05 Tyler

Smith County Shelters Are Filling Up

The American Red Cross is busy providing shelter for evacuees. First Baptist Church in Tyler opened as an American Red Cross shelter yesterday. Today it filled up in a matter of hours. People evacuating from the Gavleston and Houston area started showing up overnight. Now we're beginning to see people coming from the Beaumont area. Evacuees we talked with today, say it took 12 hours for them to get to Jacksonvile from Beaumont.

"Normally this is about a two and half to three hour trip for us to come up this way, but with the traffic and everyone leaving we thought we going to get an early start and kinda beat the rush, but I guess everybody thought the same thing we did," said Bobby Vincent, Beuamont Evacuee. The first Baptist Church has almost reached it's capacity, but the American Red Cross has opened four other shelters in Smith County. Again, First Baptist Church opened yesterday. Today Rose Heights Church and Mt. Calvary Family Life Center in Tyler were activated. Two shelters also opened in Lindale. Those are First Baptist Church and First Methodist Church. The American Red Cross has also opened three shelters in Cherokee County.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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