New Orleans evacuees continue to come to Louisville - WDRB 41 Louisville News

New Orleans evacuees continue to come to Louisville

Metro Louisville could see 3,000 evacuees from the New Orleans area in the wake of Hurricane Gustav.  The South Wing of the Fair and Exposition Center is their much needed home away from home.

The first bus loads of evacuees made their way to Louisville Saturday night after flying in from the Gulf Coast.

"If they got a category five storm like they said it's going to be, it's going to tear it up like it did before," said Vernon Millien, a New Orleans evacuee.

For many it's the second time around, they were hoping Katrina would be a once in a lifetime disaster for them.

"Our immediate need right now is to get people out of harms way, so that's where we are focusing on, getting them into registration, then understanding where they are, what their needs are," said Brian Quail, with the American Red Cross.

Volunteers are looking at the evacuees medical conditions, supplying medications, food, counseling and activities for children.

"Another disaster that's all, I'm tired of this.  I'm so tired, I just need to get a comfortable bed.  I'm hungry, I'm tired, I just need to get a bath," said Daranisha Allen, a New Orleans evacuee.

Showers are being set up by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, along with more feeding units. Douglas Frederick is a volunteer, three years ago, he relocated to Louisville from New Orleans, just before Hurricane Katrina hit.

"It's kind of ironic, it's three years to the day that it's going to happen.  You feel sorry for the people, but if you take it one day at a time, your life will get back in order in a direction to where it's going to be okay," said Frederick.

There are about 1,400 evacuees in Louisville.  That includes a plane load of people diverted from Nashville, Tennessee.

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