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10/05/05 - Lufkin

Many Evacuees Are Going Home

by Ramonica R. Jones

The number of evacuees in East Texas shelters is at the lowest it's ever been since the hurricanes hit.  There are now less than 1,600 Gulf Coast residents in Lufkin shelters. Many evacuees have gone back home to areas where power and water have been restored.

The number of shelters is also pretty low. There are only five shelters still housing storm victims in Lufkin.

Kenneth Williams, assistant city manager, said, "We don't have an approximate time on when the shelters will be closed down. A lot of that'll depend upon local areas on the coast as they open back up and allow people back in, so we don't have an idea right now."

Several Lufkin churches and schools shut down as shelters last week. Nacogdoches still has dozens of evacuees staying in their community.

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