Galveston Preps for Possible Hurricane Evacuations

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Galveston is making preparations in case a major hurricane threatens the island. Officials say they'll deploy 100 air-conditioned buses to evacuate residents with no other way to flee.

City Manager Steve LeBlanc says that the city is preparing to transport at least 35-hundred people. That's how many the city evacuated to distant shelters last year as Hurricane Rita approached.

Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says each bus will have medical personnel and volunteers on board to help.

The Galveston evacuees would be taken to reserved shelters in Austin. LeBlanc says they would be placed in schools or other buildings grouped relatively close together.

Thomas says workers have already practiced removing seats from additional city buses set aside to carry the evacuees' pets.