Families evacuate to ArkLaTex to escape Hurricane Ida

Texarkana, Arkansas, police call on city’s churches to be prepared to help evacuees
Evacuees head to the ArkLaTex to escape Hurricane Ida.
Evacuees head to the ArkLaTex to escape Hurricane Ida.(KSLA)
Published: Aug. 28, 2021 at 4:20 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2021 at 4:10 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Families throughout south Louisiana are making their way up to the ArkLaTex to escape Hurricane Ida.

Several hotels in the Shreveport-Bossier City area are sold out of rooms, and some gas stations are seeing a shortage in gas.

Texarkana, Arkansas, police called upon the city’s churches to be prepared to house evacuees “... or partner with the community to tend to the needs of the situation if it arises.”

Patrol officers have seen a surge in hurricane evacuees from south Louisiana, Cpl. Kelly Pilgreen said.

“They have spoken with some of these evacuees and have found they are having difficulty finding lodging due to the hurricane storm for the next few days. Some evacuees have said Texarkana was the first place they have found available rooms at our hotels.”

On Saturday, Aug. 28, many families said they evacuated as a matter of safety and out of fear that Ida would damage their homes and businesses. Before heading north, some said they took precautions like boarding up windows and placing sandbags to prevent flooding.

Kyle Thibodaux, his wife and two sons evacuated from Lafourche. He said he has stayed at his home during hurricanes before but didn’t want to take a chance with Hurricane Ida. “We have experienced it in the past; it’s not safe down there.”

A few families told KSLA News 12 that they tried to get those who wanted to ride out the storm to come to northwest Louisiana, but they refused to go.

For Thibodaux and his family, leaving home was not easy but it was their only option to stay safe.

“It’s not going to be nice down there, the rain in coming. We had to get out of there,” said Thibodaux.

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