NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An emergency management spokesman for Nacogdoches city and county confirmed Friday afternoon that Nacogdoches is preparing to house evacuees from Jasper County.
"They are point-to-point evacuees, meaning they are leaving a Jasper shelter and coming to a Nacogdoches shelter, said Sgt. Greg Sowell, an emergency management spokesman for the city and county.
Sowell said that he didn't know how many evacuees they should expect, but he added that emergency workers will be ready for the evacuees' arrival sometime this afternoon.
Any questions should be directed to the City of Nacogdoches Office of Emergency Management phone bank at (936) 559-2651 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ricky Conner, Angelina County's emergency management coordinator, said they will start taking evacuees after the Nacogdoches shelters fill up. He said Nacogdoches will be able to shelter about 750 people, and then Angelina County would start to shelter evacuees.
Emergency management personnel in Angelina County were told to expect a total of about 1,000 people from Jasper County. The evacuees are coming from Jasper County shelters that don't have electricity right now, Conner said.
"If Lufkin shelters are activated, it will be to accommodate overflow from Nacogdoches shelters. The Nacogdoches shelters are housing Jasper County evacuees due to no power in their area," said Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Police Department. "These would be previously registered, state-evacuated individuals. These shelters would not be able to accept 'walk-up' registrants and there would be no registration site locally."
Conner said they have already identified which shelters they plan to use, but he added they're not going to say which locations they are to use at this time.
Pebsworth also addressed the rumors going around town about fuel shortages.
"There may be isolated incidents of this along heavily traveled highways (evacuation routes), but fuel seems to be available at most stations in town," Pebsworth said.