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As quickly as they came seeking shelters, evacuees from Louisiana realized that confronting the reality is the best choice at the moment, rather then the “wait-n-see” wisdom. The self-respect and the demand of employment enrich their consideration. What they see in their “treasury bag” today is exactly as “nothing” as yesterday, and would be the same tomorrow. The sooner they are on their feet, the better life, even when it has to be rebuilt from ground-zero. Living under the care of government, they are nothing more than a number shown on the pink-color tag attached to wrist or ankle.

Please pray for them at this most difficult moment when they have to make a tough decision toward future, armed with that much donated stuffs in the treasury bag.

Sorry about the quality of the picture when I must took under bad light condition, at the oppose of police.


According to the latest headcount, considered the most reliable to date, 8,066 hurricane victims are still stranded at the three Reliant Park shelters and the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center, down from an estimate of 25,400 just Tuesday. It's evident at a glance that evacuees have more breathing room than they did last weekend, but it's hard to track how many people are simply switching shelters, moving in with relatives or actually finding more permanent housing. In fact, it's hard to arrive at any accurate numbers at all.

After Reliant Park imposed a curfew for the first time last night, authorities were able to do their most accurate headcount so far. But during the day, no one stands guard at the gates to ask evacuees whether they're going out for groceries or leaving for good, so even the latest numbers are fluid. People are free to pack up and go without notifying anyone, and they do just that.
Although no one's fighting over cots anymore, there are still plenty of people in need of help. This morning's tally of evacuees came to 2,930 in the Astrodome, down from 16,000 on Tuesday; 1,800 in the Reliant Arena, down from 4,500; 2,000 in Reliant Center, down from 2,400; and 1,336 in the George R. Brown Convention Center, down from 2,500.

The opportunities to leave are growing by the day.

Continental Airlines, for instance, has set up stations at each of the shelters, offering free tickets to any shelter resident seeking to relocate to one of 48 states. Meanwhile, friends and relatives are arriving to whisk evacuees away, empty rent houses and government-subsidized apartments are becoming available, and today's decision by federal government to pass out $2,000 debit cards will pay for gasoline or bus tickets that were out of reach before.

By Becky Bowman & Salatheia Bryant,Houston Chronicle


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