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Monday: KLTV 7 speaks to evacuees stuck here to wait out the storm

So far in Tyler, 3400 people are in state and city managed shelters. More than 2000 in hotels, all of them waiting out the storm.

KLTV 7's Layron Livingston spoke with some of those evacuees today. Their methods are different, but they're all waiting out the same storm - waiting for Gustav to pass.

"My mind is free right now."

Mildred Taylor is an evacuee from Beaumont, Texas. On this Labor Day, she says she appreciates this labor of love.

"I am so happy to be out here in this nice breeze, with all this food and pleasant nice people, until I'm not thinking about that thing back there....I'll think about it later."

Right now, Mildred's home is St. Louis Baptist Church in Tyler, the first shelter set up in the city.

Today, members threw a barbeque for dozens of families escaping the storm.

Families like Dina Hill's.

"We're not worried about our home or anything...we have enough faith in God to know whatever happens, He'll take care of us."

"Here's us....the timeline for Wednesday was right across where we are."

Across town, Pate Tatum is keeping a close eye on the storm from his hotel room, something he's all too familiar with.

He was here when Rita hit for two weeks.

"The not knowing what's going on while you're away from your home...it's really scary."

He and his family are now packed up, and checked out and on their way back to south Texas.

He hopes things are normal when they get back, but others are staying put.

The eye of Gustav passed over Ernest Hartman's Houma, Louisiana home earlier today.

"Our prayers are with everybody that stayed in Houma because this is nothing to play with," he told us today.

A shared sentiment among evacuees now calling Tyler their temporary home.

"I believe that God is going to bring us out, no matter what."

Right now, city officials say it's not clear when evacuees will be able to return to their homes. That decision will come down from state disaster officials.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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