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Hurricane evacuee from Orange now calls Nacogdoches home

Palmer makes calls to establish her new residency of Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff) Palmer makes calls to establish her new residency of Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Angela Palmer says the beauty and friendliness of Nacogdoches and the idea of living in the Oldest Town in Texas appealed to her.  She relocated there after Hurricane Harvey. (Source: KTRE Staff) Angela Palmer says the beauty and friendliness of Nacogdoches and the idea of living in the Oldest Town in Texas appealed to her. She relocated there after Hurricane Harvey. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Love In the Name of Christ is assisting qualifying evacuees with the first month’s rent when relocating to Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff) Love In the Name of Christ is assisting qualifying evacuees with the first month’s rent when relocating to Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The evacuation center in Nacogdoches closed at Tuesday, but not all evacuees are returning to their original city of residence. Some hurricane victims say they're already home

East Texas News spoke to the newest resident of Nacogdoches.

Angela Palmer had never been to Nacogdoches until her arrival two weeks ago as a hurricane evacuee from Orange.

"I had two sets of clothing, my toothbrush, and toothpaste and that was about it,” Palmer said.

And Nacogdoches wasn't considered a destination spot.

"We first went around like in a circle,” Palmer said. Started in Louisiana and came this way, and this is where I was left with another lady. And she has since then gone back, and I've stayed."

The woman who contends with pulmonary and back ailments is tired of running from hurricanes.  

In response to a question about whether she has been in this situation before, Palmer said, "With Rita and Ike."

So when Love In the Name of Christ offered to pay the first month's rent and provide household items the former nursing aide's decided to stay.  

"Everybody is so friendly and the town is so beautiful,” Palmer said. “No matter where I look, there's something beautiful to see.

Love INC is currently assisting about 20 families. Numbers fluctuate from day to day. Director Patti Goodrum knows relocating is a tough decision. 

"I really think the common denominator is that there is nothing to go back to,” Goodrum said.

Palmer is waiting for a close friend, also an evacuee, to move in and share with the rent. Starting over provides powerful lessons.

"Pack more than two sets of clothes,” Palmer said.

There are Harvey evacuees staying in a Nacogdoches hotel. FEMA will pay for their rooms for another two weeks. 

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