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10/02/05 - Lufkin

Evacuees From Golden Triangle Area Ready To Go Back Home

by Larry Little

Many evacuees here in East Texas from the Beaumont-Port Arthur area haven't heard anything about the conditions of their cities. Some are ready to return, but is it the wise thing to do?

The Pentecostal campground is home away from home for many evacuees. Just when evacuees from Hurricane Katrina began to leave the campground, evacuees from South Texas began to come to the campground. Many of them are still here, some living in tents.

"We got these tents two days after we were here, because it is so many people inside," says Rita evacuee Alan Yatts.

Alan, his wife, and his granddaughter spend every night camping out. Like many evacuees, he would like to go home, but he can't.

"Home? There ain't no home. I don't have anything."

So many evacuees from southeast Texas don't know if Hurricane Rita destroyed their home or when they can return.

"I've heard so many rumors I don't know what to believe. They say a week, they say a month, they say two months, so I really don't know," says Charlene O'Connor, another Rita evacuee.

Authorities in Port Arthur have simply said that the city is not the city it used to be. So, in the meantime, evacuees are taking it one day at a time.

Authorities say until the power is turned on, they can't see it being normal. Officials from those areas say they will announce when it's best for people to come back. Right now, they just don't know when that will be.

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