Evacuation plans start to form

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Based on information about Hurricane Ike that is now available to the Brazoria County Emergency Management Office, evacuation of special needs residents is scheduled for Wednesday morning unless the expected track of the hurricane veers away from this area of the coast.

In an announcement made around noon Monday, K.R. "Doc" Adams, the county's Emergency Management coordinator, said it appeared that the county may be struck by a catastrophic storm. If this prediction continues until Wednesday, evacuation of special needs residents will begin that morning, with three pick-up sites for those who need transportation at three sites in Brazoria County. Time of departure will be announced later.

Special needs residents in the west part of the county should meet buses at the West Columbia Civic Center. Those who live in south and central Brazoria County should go to the Angleton Middle School. North county residents will be picked up at the Alvin School District Transportation Center.

"Anyone who needs transportation out of the county should be ready at that time," Adams said. "They should be prepared, and are urged to read the hurricane brochure sent to all Brazoria County residents prior to start of the hurricane season to make certain they have taken the necessary precautions suggested there to protect themselves and their property."

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