Officials hope to close Nacogdoches disaster shelter by Tuesday

Officials hope to close Nacogdoches disaster shelter by Tuesday

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Hurricane Harvey evacuees in the Nacogdoches shelter are being prepared to move elsewhere.

Some evacuees have been staying at the Nacogdoches Exposition Center for two weeks. The goal is to close the shelter by Tuesday, and some residents' homes remain damaged by flood waters.

The American Red Cross, with the help of counselors, is facilitating conversations to help storm victims find alternative housing.

"A lot of them are staying with relatives that don't necessarily live in the cities that they were originally living in when the hurricane hit," said Scott Brawley, the disaster program manager for American Red Cross. "Some are picking up new lives in new cities that they don't have any ties to and a lot of people are trying to get back home still to work with FEMA to get their homes repaired, so they can move back in."

Brawley says Tuesday is only the goal for shelter closure. The facility will remain open if absolutely necessary.

Residents are being told their electricity may not come back on until the end of September.

On the east side of the state, Irma's winds were less damaging, but the flooding was historic. residents there, are still struggling to recover.

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