About 6,000 evacuees from both Rita and Katrina are left in Lufkin-area shelters. Red Cross workers are starting to combine local shelters, including churches and schools.
City leaders are also trying to move Katrina evacuees to more permanent housing. The number of evacuees in Lufkin is decreasing. Sunday night, a Harris County bus picked up a large number of its residents.
Volunteer, Doug Holland, said, "When Orange and Beaumont and Port Arthur and all those counties had to evacuate, then they brought those people up that were already assisting with Katrina and then they started helping assist with Rita. So we have people in place, we're just stretched real thin in a lot of places."