TX Military & Evacuees: B/CS Good Place to Ride out Storm

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

As Gustav leaves the Caribbean a mess, military commanders in Texas, are tracking its path.

Headquarters for the joint, inter-agency Task Force Gustav have moved to Bryan.

"It gives us a good opportunity to either go straight east or southeast if we have to and if the storm was to change its mind and go even further, then we can go straight south," said Colonel John Nichols, the task force commander.

As soon as its safe, the command center will move to areas where people need assistance.

For now, the team is managing 1200 national guardsmen, and keeping tabs on fuel points, bus pick up areas, and shelter locations.

Eventually 600 will be evacuated from Southeast Texas by C-130 planes. Over 1200 busses will also take people out of danger.

Other evacuees will drive here, to the Brazos Valley. The majority of Bryan and College Station's hotel rooms have been reserved.

"The phone started ringing thursday afternoon booking up," said Hampton Inn Manager Ron Fulton. "We're booked now from Sunday through next Friday."

Fulton says most of his guests are coming from Beaumont and Louisiana.

Although its Texas these military personnel are zeroing in on, if Governor Perry orders it they're willing to cross state lines.

"Everybody hopes the storm goes away but we're prepared to go help Louisiana if they need it," said Nichols.

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