Opinions differ on shelter conditions - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Opinions differ on shelter conditions


More than 1500 people are currently staying at the Shreveport shelter on Jewella Avenue after evacuating from South Louisiana. Some of those seeking refuge at the shelter spoke with KSLA News 12 about what they think of the living conditions at the shelter so far.

"It's very organized," says Lee Chester Barnes, Jr. Barnes evacuated from his home in Laplace, La when both the water and power stopped working. He was bused to the Jewella Shelter where he says he has felt welcomed.

"They can answer questions for you, and direct you so I've had a pleasant experience so far," says Barnes.

Evacuees receive both a bed and three meals daily.

According to Sandy Davis, with the division of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, there is one shower for every 25 people, one toilet for every 20 people, and one sink for every 20 people.

 Davis also says that there are at least 26 security personnel at all times on the premises. The security is made up of members of the Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana State Police, and National Guard.  

"I don't feel safe," says evacuee Clifford Warren. "Everyone is disgusted because we ain't getting no help."

Warren described a troubling scene inside of the shelter. When we spoke with him he said that there is little security and small portion sizes for meals. But earlier in the day when he spoke with KSLA News 12's Brittany Pieper he shared a different opinion.

"Things have been running pretty smooth. Every time I thought we got stuck somebody made a way," says Warren.

The Jewella Shelter is currently considered temporary housing, but Davis says they're ready to make changes should the shelter become a long term living area.



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