Shelters empty, cleaning begins

By Fred Childers - email | bio

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - After the busses have left to take evacuees south. "I'm so happy to be going home," says one evacuee out of a school bus window. And after the goodbyes have been said, there are still some things for the Red Cross, and volunteers to do: lots of cleaning. "We go ahead and make sure the facilities are as close to the state that we rented them in as possible, and we want to make sure we're good guests," says Michelle Davison with the American Red Cross.
    Just in the Hirsch shelter alone 800 cots were set up, in all of the shelters - 4,000 of them were set up. Now they all have to broken down, hopefully by today (Friday), and that'll take some help from some of the evacuees themselves. "She was struggling by herself, and I had to help her, and I didn't want to see her by herself cleaning it up," says Christine Jones, and evacuee at the Hirsch. "I think that's the best way of showing their appreciation of what Shreveport Bossier has done for them," says Davison.
     The Red Cross will do more than clean. Supplies left over in Shreveport will be shipped to more devastated areas.  "We do have a Tango truck taking a Red Cross trailer full of water and food and other supplies down to Alexandria this evening, of course they've been hit with the actual flood," reports Davison.
    Many of the shelters are empty tonight (Friday), however the Hirsch could house about a hundred left over, or some coming in from other states.