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Louisiana evacuees sheltering in Louisville eager to return home

Now that the worst of Gustav is behind the Gulf Coast, evacuees are getting anxious.  At least 1500 evacuees are still here in Louisville.

When the evacuees arrived on Saturday, they were told to plan on spending 7-10 days in Louisville.  But now that Gustav has sidestepped The Big Easy, many of them want to go home early.

Chester Schwall is one of the thousands of people who evacuated New Orleans on Saturday.  "Our Mayor Nagin was yelling on the TV, everybody has got to get out."

Schwall and his family headed to the airport, not knowing where they were going or how long they would be gone:  "Nobody else knew where we were going -- even the National Guard didn't know where we were going."

Eventually, Schwall and 1400 other evacuees landed in Louisville.l  "I am elated that it didn't get hit as bad as we thought it would."

Now that the worst of Gustav has missed New Orleans, Schwall and other evacuees want to go home early.  "Some of those areas may get as much as 8-12 inches of rainfall."

Fox 41 Chief Meteorologist Marc Weinberg says Gustav is no longer an issue for New Orleans, but there are still other concerns.  "In Louisiana, there are still some tornado watches.  There have been tornado warnings from Louisiana to Mississippi, so now the transition has occurred in terms of Gustav to more of a rain event."

And Red Cross officials say that's enough to prevent anyone from going home early.  That's because the airports aren't open and officials are still looking at the infrastructure.  Also, 80,000 homes are still without electricity.

That's not exactly what Chester Schwall wanted to hear.  But he understands why he can't go home right now.  "No one wants to go back to where they can't see, they're hot, no food."

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