Evacuees Move Out Of Shelters

East Texas saw an influx of evacuees during Rita and Katrina. The Pentecostal Campgrounds and other shelters were filled with hurricane evacuees, but now they are starting to look like ghost towns.

Terry Marquardt with the Red Cross said, "It's winding down. The shelter has been a good place, but we've been able to get the folks into something with a lock and key."

Chaplain Nathan Scoggins has volunteered just about everyday since the shelter opened, and he still finds it hard to believe that so many people sought refuge in Lufkin. "Well, we've been serving all of our residents here. It's really been a great honor working with the people. Never in my wildest imagination did I think this would happen here."

As the last shelter closes its doors, Scoggins says that he's happy evacuees are finding places to live, but he's going to miss the experience. "Of course we don't want them to go home, but we are going to miss being able to serve them."