The city of Tyler has been designated as the destination for Beaumont special needs evacuees. Those evacuees, which could total around 6,000 people, city officials say are now on their way to Tyler. They are expected to arrive at Faulkner Park, the staging area around 6:00 p.m. There the evacuees will check-in, receive medical screening and be sent to various shelters in Tyler.
"The incident we had three years ago, we did not anticipate we have the volume of evacuees that we did," said Tyler City Manger Designate Mark McDaniel. "We have a lot of really good on the job experience. There's been some great plans put together." KLTV 7 has also learned Briarcliff Health Center in Tyler will be taking in evacuees tonight from a nursing home in New Orleans. Briarcliff says it sent ten volunteers to New Orleans including a Tyler police officer. It has 28 open beds. Other special needs evacuees from New Orleans will be going to other nursing homes around Tyler.