Governor Rick Perry was in Tyler this morning, checking up on the evacuees who fled here from Southeast Texas.
He met with city leaders, including Mayor Barbara Bass, at Harvey Hall this morning where evacuees have been loading onto buses in preperation to make it back to their homes. Gov. Perry said that the city of Tyler had done a great job of coordinating with state officials to pull off the evacuations smoothly.
"While we are thankful that Texas was spared from a direct hit, I am proud of Texas' efforts to protect residents and property from the threat of this hurricane," Gov Perry said.
"As residents begin to return home, I want to thank them for their cooperation with state and local officials, and thank all of those who have assisted in preparing to keep Texans and our Louisiana neighbors out of harm's way."
Officials in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties announced yesterday that the mandatory evacuation order had been lifted and residents were safe to return home. Approximately 280,000 residents from the Southeast Texas coast self evacuated. Approximately 10,000 residents who could not self evacuate were taken by bus to shelters and will be transported back to their homes beginning today.
Texas is also coordinating the return of Louisiana evacuees as soon as safely possible.
KLTV 7 will have much more for you on Gov. Perry's visit on KLTV 7 News tonight.