Evacuees urged to check campgrounds, RV parks for available shelter

The Texas Association of Campground Owners has released information on private campgrounds and RV resorts that are offering shelter to Hurricane Gustav evacuees. 

"Quite a few private parks have both campsites and cabin rentals available this weekend, so it makes sense for evacuees to consider staying in campgrounds as they wait out the storm," said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners.

Schaeffer urges Gulf Coast evacuees to log on to TexasCampgrounds.com and GoCampingAmerica.com to make their campground reservations or to gather the phone numbers of campgrounds and RV resorts where they'd like to wait out the storm.

"When Hurricane Katrina hit three years ago, Texas campgrounds close to the Louisiana border filled up quickly, but we still had campgrounds with plenty of availability further to the west. In fact, we had some refugees staying in parks as far north as Dallas and west to Austin, and even along the I-10 Corridor into San Antonio," Schaeffer recalled.

Texas alone has nearly 400 private campgrounds, many of which also offer cabin rentals.

posted by KLTV.com news producer Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com