MANSFIELD, Texas – Some people evacuating Louisiana to flee the path of Hurricane Ida arrive in North Texas, including a couple evacuating from New Orleans who found refuge in Mansfield.
Kenlie and Michael Fite arrived at a friend’s house on Sunday.
They said the decision to leave was tough, but they were grateful to have been evacuated when they learned that Hurricane Ida would be a Category 4 storm.
The couple said they tried to encourage other people in their area to evacuate, but many chose to go down and wait for the storm.
“Some people, especially in the New Orleans area, have lived there. They’ve been through hurricanes all their lives. That’s their way of life, and so they, what they say, hide and just wait for the storm where we are It’s like, no, we’re doing well, “Michael said.
They said his power went out around three in the afternoon. They hope it works again soon.
But they said they were ready to stay in Texas until the coast is clear.
“We really wanted to make sure we were safe,” Kenlie said.
They have no idea what will await them when they get home
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North Texas organizations, such as the Texas Baptist Men, send teams to help them.
“This could be the biggest hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast since the 1800s,” said John Hall, with Texas Baptist Men.
The group said it has the supply to deliver 30,000 meals a day.
“Tasty. Clearly the people of Louisiana love their food. We want to make sure it’s high quality food,” Hall added.
Although it provides mobile shower and laundry units.
“God loves us and commands us to love others, and that’s exactly what we will do,” Hall said.
“Of immediate concern, we will make sure that people in the affected communities have a safe haven where they can go for refuge right now,” said Krystal Smith, with the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross places more than 600 volunteers and countless supplies to help the hardest hit areas.
“The other thing we know is that the hurricane season is not over. And there will be a continuing need for additional volunteers,” Smith added.
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