Louisiana Governor Urges Advanced Planning

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Louisiana has lots of storm shelters, but the governor is telling people not to count on a space if a hurricane threatens this summer.

Kathleen Blanco says the shelters should be a last resort.

Blanco is encouraging people in south Louisiana to make evacuation plans now that involve staying with friends and family around Louisiana or in other states out of a storm's path.

The governor says as many as 60-thousand evacuees could be housed in shelters north of Interstate Ten -- the main east-west
highway across the southern part of the state. That number doesn't
take into account church-run shelters.