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Brazos County Shelters Hurricane Evacuees

As Hurricane Ike quickly approaches the gulf coast, people are heading our way.

At this time, the Community Emergency Operations Center says about 700 evacuees have taken shelter in Brazos County.

Evacuees are asked to stop at Veterans Park at 3101 Harvey Road in College Station first, where they will be given shelter assignments.

If you live in Brazos County and need shelter during the storm, officials say stay in place until Friday. An announcement will be made then regarding where to go during the storm.

If you are travelling with pets or need shelter for large animals, like horses or cows, they'll also be able to accommodate that.

Officials at the shelter say they learned a lot during hurricanes Katrina and Rita and everything seems to be going much smoother this time around.

"We've had a pretty slow stream of evacuees, but word is the traffic is getting heavier and so business has picked up in the last couple of hours," Sheila Walker with the City of College Station said.

Officials tell News 3 that 120 more evacuees from Galveston are expected to arrive in Brazos County sometime over the next two days.

Volunteers will be at Veterans Park throughout the storm to assist anyone who needs shelter. There are also bathrooms on sight as well as snacks and water for those needing to replenish after a long drive.

Riverside Campus and The Brazos County Exposition Complex are housing animals that need shelter. As of Thursday afternoon, 40 horses, 17 cows, 17 dogs and 9 cats were being sheltered locally.

Officials say they expect to receive more animals Thursday night and Friday.

For more information call 211.


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