In a press conference this morning, Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass reports more than 2,000 evacuees from Hurricane Gustav were processed through Tyler's reception center at Faulkner Park. Most of those evacuees are special needs evacuees from the Beaumont/Port Arthur area.
"From 11 p.m. last night, until this morning, it has been a constant flow of buses and drive-ups," said Bass. The Emergency Operations at the Tyler Police Station is operating 24 hours a day. So far, eight shelters have filled to capacity, but the city says 18 have been mobilized including shelters in the county. The Texas Military Forces are in Tyler assisting and establishing those new shelters.
"We currently have buses waiting to be processed and anticipate the flow of evacuees to continue throughout the day," said Bass. The city says it expects as many as 6,000 evacuees to come to Tyler. The capacity is around 6,100. At that time, the city says it will direct evacuees to other locations.
The Salvation Army is preparing food for evacuees that are not in shelters and emergency workers at their location on 633 North Broadway. If you are an evacuee and would like this service call the Salvation Army at (903) 592-4361. The Red Cross is providing meals for many of the evacuees in shelters. The city wants to remind evacuees to please check in at Faulkner Park located on Highway 69 South before going to the shelters.
Tylerites who wish to volunteer are asked to register at Glenwood Church of Christ from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. today, Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or Tuesday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The city will hold another briefing at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Stay tuned to kltv.com for the latest and tonight at KLTV 7 News at ten.