Ike evacuees moved again

September 22, 2008 4:54:49 PM PDT
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Hundreds of those families were just moved again, this time out of the George R. Brown Convention Center to the old Auchan building on the South Loop at Wayside.

The George R. Brown Convention Center was busy as a staging area for Hurricane Ike evacuees until Sunday. Monday, it was a totally different scene as the convention center geared up for business as usual.

"It's just a matter of getting them to a larger facility that's ideally equipped to serve people," said John Harris with GRB Convention and Entertainment.

That facility is the Auchan building which is serving as a clearinghouse of sorts for evacuees who are coming in from all over, like one mom we spoke with who arrived on a bus from Richardson.

"There were pretty good to us. I won't even lie" she said. "But there's nothing like being at home."

No place like home is something a lot of the evacuees are saying, even without power or running water.

"There isn't any water there right now, but my mom's there. She's buying water," said Houstonian Eric Ogletree. "Everything else works."

There is no FEMA presence at the Auchan building, just the Red Cross shelter. So people cannot register to get federal help there.

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