DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Hundreds of Texas residents who have been sheltered in Louisiana after evacuations forced by Hurricane Harvey are heading back to their home state this week.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announced Tuesday that Texans staying in shelters in Shreveport and Alexandria will be transported to the mega shelter set up at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
The more than 1,000 evacuees are traveling by bus to Dallas.
The move started Tuesday morning and will continue through Thursday. The Texas residents are being taken first to a reception center in Mesquite before heading to the Dallas shelter.
At the peak, the Shreveport and Alexandria shelters in Louisiana housed more than 2,000 Harvey evacuees from Texas. The Department of Children and Family Services says most of the evacuees were rescued from the Orange, Texas, area during the flooding.
Meanwhile, the city of Dallas has closed its other shelters, at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center and Samuell Grand Center, and consolidated the people who fled Harvey’s destruction at the Hutchison center in downtown Dallas.
There were approximately 3,000 evacuees at the Dallas mega shelter Monday night. It can accommodate 5,000.