Hurricane Shelter Stays Open

Hurricane Gustav has come and gone. And while many residents of Louisiana have returned home, some are still here in Texas, living in shelters until receiving official word that it's okay to go back. Bill Stamps has more.
The Red Cross has two shelters open for Gustav victims. One in Dayton, and one in Huntsville where 62-year old Tom Martin is volunteering. He was just about to serve lunch.

"The red cross brought in some hamburger packages, that they are already pre-done and they have their choice of water or Gatorade."

The shelter is actually the Wesley United Methodist Church. It provides food and hot showers for families forced to evacuate before the hurricane. Once lunch is over, Martin says families have a few options.

"We got games for 'em we got basketball outside and some other things. They''re keeping themselves occupied. A few of them are going to the museum here in Huntsville, so they are going out and seein' some scenery here in Huntsville"

But as you can imagine most families want to return home and sleep in their own beds as soon as possible.  It's because of that the numbers are going down.

"We started out yesterday with ninety-nine and we got down this morning to seventy-seven."

As of Wednesday afternoon that number was down to sixty-six. As for Martin, he's volunteered at shelters before and will continue to help out in the future. Normally he drives a school bus, but there's just something about helping people who can't help themselves.

"They make me feel good cause they appreciate everything that's being done for them. And that helps me out a lot, because it makes me like a different person you know."

Bill Stamps. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.