Evacuees being bused out of Longview, happy to be going home

Evacuees who were staying in Longview are headed back home. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley has that story.

"It's been pretty smooth getting them in...getting fueled up," said Sgt. Jeffrey Palamore.

Nearly 150 buses pulled into Longview this morning. They all have one mission - to make sure evacuees get back home safely.

"This first group is going to Texarkana, we got some going to Tyler and taking people to places like Beaumont and Port Arthur and that sort of thing," said Sgt. Palamore.

"It might not be the Ritz Carlton but they opened their doors to us," said Dianne Fraizer, who evacuted Beaumont.

For Diane Frazier and her family, this shelter at Alpine Church of Christ has been their home for the last four days.

"I'm looking forward to getting on these buses and I hope we have a safe trip back to Beaumont to our home and we hope our homes are not destroyed or damaged or broke into," siad Frazier.

"This shelter meant a lot. It meant a roof over our head and beds to sleep on, and hot meals and everything," said Tanisha Frazier, Dianne's daughter.

"We got some water, some food, sandwiches to send you on your way back home!"

As evacuees pack up the buses and roll out, they're thankful for this church that took them all in.

"These people have really shown a Spirit of God and I been here volunteering helping them clean up to show the appreciation back for what they did for us," said Christopher Taft, from Beaumont.

Like the songs the kids sing, the Savior that brought them here will hopefully get them home.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com