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State officials open shelter in Bastrop to house Hurricane Delta evacuees

State officials have opened shelters around the state to house evacuees from Hurricane Delta,...
State officials have opened shelters around the state to house evacuees from Hurricane Delta, including one in Bastrop.(Source: KNOE)
Published: Oct. 10, 2020 at 12:45 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - State officials have opened shelters around the state to house evacuees from Hurricane Delta, including one in Bastrop.

Governor John Bel Edwards said more than 9000 people are being sheltered with 800 of those at the state’s Alexandria mega shelter, which has already reached capacity.

This caused the state to open the Bastrop shelter to accommodate any other residents in need of help.

“A lot of people can’t afford a hotel and this is free accommodations. That’s what’s good about this. It doesn’t cost the citizens anything,” said James Mardis.

Morehouse Parish OEP Director James Mardis said the Bastrop location can house more than 500 people.

As of Friday night, Mardis said around 20 people from Cameron Parish were taking shelter in the facility.

“They get a meal, 3 meals a day and security, and most of them will turn around and go home as soon as the storm passes,” said Mardis.

The shelter is a simple drive-thru process.

You pull up, get registered, and officials will square you away. Mardis said people have shown a great deal of appreciation for creating a secure space during this storm.

“I had one woman who just got back in her house last week from Laura so she doesn’t know what she’s going home to. But she’s here, and she’s safe, and she’s very appreciative of that,” said Mardis.

Governor Edwards' said they will open another shelter in Shreveport if necessary.

The Bastrop shelter is located at 2044 E Madison Ave.

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