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Tyler evacuees find they're not going home soon; city still cleaning up

Tyler mayor Barbara Bass speaks at a press conference on Monday. Tyler mayor Barbara Bass speaks at a press conference on Monday.
Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle speaks at a press conference on Monday. Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle speaks at a press conference on Monday.

The cities of Beaumont, Houston, Orange, and many others along the coast are still without electric, sewer and water service, which means evacuees who are in Tyler can expect to stay a little longer.  

"I have talked with the Mayor of Beaumont, Becky Ames, this morning," said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. "She has confirmed that they are still under a mandatory evacuation order. As updates are available we will respond accordingly."

Evacuees can still register for F.E.M.A. assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or going to Fema.gov.

There are still 19 open shelters in Tyler. 944 of the Troup Highway shelter's evacuees have been moved to Mesquite.

Police arrested four people at the Troup Highway shelter this weekend because of an altercation between family members, according to Tyler Police.

"During that day they were all cooped up. It was raining. That was the day the hurricane came in, so when you have that many people together without any ability to get out and walk and exercise and all that kind of stuff you begin to get stressed and that type of stuff and that is apparently what happened," said Chief Gary Swindle of the Tyler Police.

3 special needs shelters are open in Tyler to care for people who need continuous medical care.

Tyler's Solid Waste department is asking people to take yard debris resulting from Saturday's storm to the Tyler landfill starting today. It's free as long as you have a city of Tyler water bill.

People who can't get to the landfill can bundle the debris in 4 foot lengths and place it on the curb for pick up.  Streets crews will continue picking up debris that was stacked in the right of way immediately following the storm as well as clear blocked streets as power lines are removed from fallen trees.

"The outpouring of support from community members in Tyler has been staggering," said Mayor Bass.  "I am confident that as residents from the coast learn more about the condition of their homes, Tyler will continue to offer comfort and support in this time of need."

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com

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