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9/23/05-Longview

Gregg County Shelters Fill Up With Hurricane Evacuees

Gregg County shelters are filling up with Hurricane Rita evacuees. The Maude Cobb Convention Center, which opened to hurricane evacuees yesterday, is now filled to capacity. It is housing 516 evacuees. Officials at the shelter say they are not taking in any more evacuees.

Some people at the shelter say they're anxious to get back home. "I'll just be glad when everything is over with because I've never been in this kind of situation before. It's scary when you're on the road and everybody's driving crazy. But other than that, I'm glad we made it," said Frances Lyons, a Beaumont evacuee.

City officials say other shelters in Gregg County that are full include the First Baptist Church, the Mobberly Baptist Church and the Fellowship Bible Church.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

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