Getting ready for Gustav

by Christa Lollis

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - 2000 evacuees have made their way into Lufkin and even more are expected in the next 24 hours.

They're set up in shelters around the area, just waiting to see where Gustav hits. Terini Scott, an evacuee says, "I am worried about my house because we just moved there"

Terini is from Port Arthur which was evacuated this morning. She and her family made their way to east Texas where they thought they would escape the storm but they might not have gone far enough north. Greg Sowell with the Nacogdoches Police Department explains, "The forecasters put it coming in on the coast of Louisiana and then taking a westerly turn, depending on what the storm does when it takes the turn is where we may have issues with the second fold of this which would mean a significant weather event for East Texas."

But the Lufkin Emergency Management Coordinator Keith Wright says we might be dodging a bullet. "The storm looks like it's going more to the north and east of us which puts us more on the dry side of the storm. We will get some rainfall based on forecasts but not as much as we were anticipating."

Even if the storm does go around us, thousands of evacuees have already been displaced and some gas stations have run dry. "There were some in Nacogdoches some sporadic outages and this was just due to a high volume," Sowell said.

Even with the gas shortage and cramped sleeping conditions, evacuees seem to be looking at the brighter side of the storm. "It's ok because we get to meet new friends and meet new people," Terini told the East Texas News.

But even though conditions at the shelters are bearable, the evacuees say they're hoping East Texas doesn't flood, so they can go home.