HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Mayor Bill White and city councilman Mike Sullivan have a message for residents of the Clear Lake neighborhood: Get out, and get out now.
The two went door-to-door Friday afternoon with a bullhorn in an apartment complex in a last-ditch effort to get residents to leave.
White and Sullivan visited the area southeast of downtown just after noon. The area includes three of the nine ZIP codes in the city limits under mandatory evacuation orders.
Sullivan says the residents were planning to ride out the storm for various reasons - one had a broken-down car and others simply said they preferred to hunker down than try to flee.
White ordered six buses to the area to take the residents to a downtown shelter. Sullivan said three buses were filled.
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