Hundreds of Harvey Evacuees being sheltered in Shreveport

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90 people were bused into Shreveport after their towns were flooded in Tropical Storm Harvey. Many from the small town of Vidor, Texas.

Michael Heider had to be rescued from his flooded apartment. Once he was safe he went to work rescuing his neighbors.

Heider said “I lost everything so it was kind of keeping my mind focused off of what I lost. Put my mind on there was other people out there besides me that needed help.”

Lisa Roark is also from Vidor. She says there was only time to grab her dogs and go.

Roark said “You can replace things. I can’t do anything about it. It was a tragic thing and you’ve just got to try and stick together as a family and do things the best you can.”

Annette Jefferson from the Department of Children and Family Services is the Site Manager for the Jewella Avenue shelter. She said “We want to make sure people who come into our facilities are treated with respect and dignity and made to feel as comfortable as possible while they’re displaced.”

Everyone is trying to stay positive. Heider said “Keep your chins up. Take things one day at a time. Keep praying about it’s going to be okay. We’re going to get through this.”

Two more buses came in after the Vidor group and the shelter expects to take in around 500 evacuees.

 

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