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Transportation offered to evacuees who need shelter

Pickup is at 10 a.m. on Sept. 22 at the Clifton Chenier Center in Lafayette
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Posted at 11:11 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 17:08:17-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — Hurricane Laura evacuees currently in the Acadiana area who are still unable to return to their homes may be eligible to enter the DCFS/RedCross non-congregate hotel shelter program.

To enter the program evacuees must report to the MegaShelter Reception Center in Alexandria to be placed in a non-congregate shelter as one becomes available.

Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Acadiana VOAD), in collaboration with the DCFS, LCG and 232-HELP, is coordinating limited bus transportation from Lafayette to the MegaShelter for qualifying evacuees in urgent need of shelter.

Hurricane Laura evacuees in Acadiana may be eligible if they are:
· unable to return to their homes,
· without transportation, and
· in immediate need of a place to stay.

Primary consideration will be given to residents of Calcasieu, Cameron and parts of Beauregard Parishes. All others will be validated.

Evacuees whose homes sustained minor damages and are now habitable are encouraged to return home. All evacuees who sustained losses from Laura should complete the FEMA registration process as soon as possible.

Transportation via bus to the Alexandria MegaShelter Reception Center, 8125 Hwy 71 South, Alexandria, will be provided for eligible evacuees who do not have their own means of transportation.

The first trip is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22, and officials say it will continue as needed while the non-congregate shelter program is in operation.

Residents need to arrive at 10 a.m.

They should also bring an ID or something that can verify their residence in an affected parish.

They need to be dropped off as no cars will be allowed to park.

The pickup location is the Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow St., Lafayette, LA

Evacuees who believe they qualify should call 232-HELP/211 to learn more about this resource.