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Wednesday, October 12, 2005


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Great post, again. Here's what I found on your question:

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three days before the federal government's self-imposed deadline for emptying shelters of Hurricane Katrina victims, more than 22,000 people are still waiting to get out, the head of the relief effort said Wednesday.

The number in shelters across the nation peaked at more than 270,000 on Sept. 8, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen said. President Bush set a mid-October goal for getting everyone out, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been shooting for Oct. 15.

It's now doubtful that that deadline will be met, in part because Hurricane Rita swept the region just days after Katrina, Allen said.

He stressed that nobody would be forced out of any shelter on Saturday. In the meantime, staff from FEMA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Small Business Administration will visit the remaining evacuees to help them find more permanent housing, he said.

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