Tyler evacuees get ready to go home

City of Tyler officials say it's packing day for hundreds of evacuees staying in local shelters and hotels.  The first of 45 buses are set to arrive tomorrow morning to carry residents back to their Southeast Texas homes.  Around 1500 evacuees are still in shelters.

Saturday, the city of Beaumont lifted its evacuation order.  Sunday morning, Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass congratulated the city for a job well done.

"Our volunteers, our faith-based communities, Salvation Army, Red Cross, just so many organizations just stepped up and did everything they could to help our fellow Texans be as comfortable as they could while they were here in Tyler, and I have been just overwhelmed with what a tremendous job everyone has done," said Bass.  Many evacuees who came by bus made their way to hotel rooms.  Officials say those individuals should be at the old Troup Highway Walmart Shelter by no later than 1:30 p.m., Monday.  Just take the yellow Southeast Tyler Transit route.  Evacuees with pets will reunite with their animals at Bed, Bath, and Bonz on their way back home.  Tyler officials estimate the cost for staffing and operating the local shelters at half a million dollars.

Layron Livingston, Reporting. llivingston@kltv.com