Evacuees to Find Shelter in WI

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Thousands of evacuees still looking for a place to go will soon have the opportunity to come here to Wisconsin.

On Monday, Governor Jim Doyle announces the state is preparing to clothe, shelter, and feed hundreds of people displaced from their Gulf Coast homes.

The evacuees are on their way from Houston's Astrodome and will stay at the Tommy Thompson dorm in suburban Milwaukee's State Fair Park. State officials say 900 people can stay there for up to three months, while another 200 people can stay at a Milwaukee-area community center. In addition, a Salvation Army camp in Kenosha is also preparing for the arrival of roughly 400 evacuees later today.

At the news conference Monday, the governor said, "In Wisconsin, we will help evacuees regain their dignity in the face of their loses, we hope to give families some measure of privacy, to give access to transportation and to culture and services that our cities provide."

In all, Governor Doyle says Wisconsin is prepared to temporarily house up to 5,000 evacuees at locations across the state.


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