SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Just under 300 evacuees stayed the night at the state-run shelter that opened Friday in Shreveport, and no more were expected to arrive on Saturday.
According to Caddo Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Deputy Director Robert Jump, there were 277 evacuees staying at the Jewella shelter as of Saturday morning.
The shelter at the old Sam's Club on Jewella Avenue is operated by the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services and can accommodate 2,400 people.
It was opened Friday morning as the state-run mega-shelter in Alexandria reached capacity with evacuees coming from Southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophic flooding that followed.
Jump says most of the evacuees staying at the Shreveport shelter were sent up here from Lake Charles after evacuating from Southeast Texas, bypassing the Alexandria mega-shelter because of how quickly it was filling up 2 days ago.
The temporary emergency shelter at the Lake Charles Civic Center shut down Friday evening, according to the City of Lake Charles and as of Saturday morning, there was once again room at the Alexandria shelter as the waters recede and evacuees begin to look for accommodations closer to home.
The 150-bed Red Cross shelter that opened Tuesday afternoon at Morning Star Baptist Church in Shreveport remained open on Saturday, with a handful of evacuees from the Lake Charles and Beaumont, Texas areas.
Another two dozen people who were displaced by the shutdown of the Women of Diversity recovery center in Bossier City Thursday are also now staying at the Red Cross shelter, according to North Louisiana Red Cross Chapter Executive Director Michelle Davison.
Davison says they are not allowed to stay open for non-disaster evacuees, but as long there is a disaster, there is no problem with them staying. The Red Cross is helping them make transitional plans.
Davison says the shelter will stay open until it is determined that the shelter on Jewella will be sufficient to handle any potential additional evacuees that still need a place to stay.