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Evacuees From Katrina Head to the Brazos Valley

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Along the Texas border, many Gulf Coast residents are seeking shelter, escaping from Hurricane Katrina. Some of those residents are making their temporary home here in the Brazos Valley.

"No one thought the storm was gonna come. Saturday morning it became pretty obvious it was headed our way," says New Orleans resident Ford Dieth.

"We were a bit afraid that we were gonna get caught in the storm being on the road," says New Orleans resident Kim Olivia.

"We had three carloads and it took 17 hours to get here," says New Orleans resident Carol Meyers.

While many families made their way to the Louisiana-Texas border for shelter. Some of the evacuees from Hurricane Katrina are calling Brazos Valley hotels home for the next few nights.

"We just thank God we're safe. It was grueling, but its amazing how one million people can leave a city and go to safety. Its just stuff that we left behind, no matter how sentimental it is," says Meyers.

Becky Chapron is from New Orleans. She and her extended family are staying at the Hilton in College Station, closely watching the news coverage and waiting to see what Katrina will leave behind.

"We can all communicate so well, but when there is a system like this it takes over the electricity and phones and everything else. We don't know what the other one is doing. That's the worst, because you don't know," says Chapron.

While most coastal residents are used to hurricane season, they never get used to the emotional drain of picking up and leaving. Bringing more than an overnight bag and a change of clothes, these families are prepared for what could be a long stay away from home.

"Our homes and all of those things can be replaced, but people cannot. We keep learning everytime how to do it a little bit better and leave a little bit earlier," says Chapron.

Kim Oliva and most of her family are in the Brazos Valley but others chose to stay behind and ride out the storm.

"I don't know what to expect. I'm nervous, I have a brother that didn't want to come with his new baby, refused to leave. I have a grandmother in hospital back home with a broken hip. I'm worried I won't have a home when I come back to tell you the truth," says Olivia.

"We'll go home and try to start over with what we have and we'll live there and try to get back to normal. I'm sure it will happen again and we'll do it again," says Chapron.

These families are anxious to get back home, but worried about what the storm will have left behind.

To help victims, call American Red Cross, 1-800-435-7669