Nacogdoches planning for evacuees

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE)- The Department of Emergency Management of the City of Nacogdoches has begun preparing for possible evacuees from Tropical Storm Gustav.

According to Sgt. Greg Sowell, Public Information Officer, it is still uncertain exactly what role Nacogdoches will play in this event. "If the upper Texas coast is evacuated, we will have a large number of evacuees. If the costal areas of Louisiana are evacuated we will also have evacuees." Sowell said.

In the event that Gustav makes a direct hit on the Texas coast, high winds and flooding in Nacogdoches are possible. "We could possibly see a similar event that we did with Hurricane Rita in September, 2005. This could mean long lines at gas stations, protracted power outages, flooding and damage to buildings," Sowell added.

While it is too early to tell exactly what the storm will do, citizens should prepare now for a significant weather event. Everyone should have an emergency kit that contains a flashlight and extra batteries, extra medications and prescriptions, special products for babies and the elderly, non-perishable food products, clothing and important documents sealed in waterproof containers. Vehicle fuel tanks should be filled, and fuel for generators should be on hand.

Emergency Management Staff is monitoring this situation and will advise as this event progresses.