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  • Florida lost more than $45 million after tolls suspended during Hurricane Irma.

    10/10/2017 12:32:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Orlando Weekly ^ | September 23, 2017 | Jim Turner, the News Service of Florida
    More than $45 million in revenue is believed to have been lost when the state suspended highway toll collections to help speed evacuations and relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, Florida's Turnpike system estimates. However, the estimated $3 million-a-day impact is not expected to hinder operations of the system or ongoing work programs, “as impacts such as toll suspensions due to a hurricane are taken into consideration during the annual budgeting process,” turnpike spokesman Chad Huff said in an email Friday. Funding 404 full-time positions, the turnpike system is budgeted at $1.57 billion for the current fiscal year, which began July...
  • Fla. continues toll-road suspensions as Irma evacuees return

    09/14/2017 2:13:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | September 13, 2017 | Don McLoud
    All road-toll collections in Florida remain suspended following Hurricane Irma, as evacuees make their way home.Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend the tolls ahead of the storm so residents could access hurricane supplies and evacuate faster. Now, the same measure is being implemented to allow for safe return. The governor reported that all interstates and turnpikes were opened as of Monday afternoon.However, the governor is also cautioning residents to check with local authorities before returning, to make sure their communities and homes are safe to re-enter.The FDOT reports heavy traffic on eastbound Interstate 10 and...
  • Strangers Help Two Oroville Dam evacuees Keep Their Valentine’s Day Wedding Plans

    02/15/2017 9:47:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    A couple displaced by the Oroville Dam evacuations almost had their Valentine’s Day wedding plans canceled -- were it not for a number of fellow evacuees and Placer County workers who helped put on an impromptu wedding at the evacuation center. Henry Rueda and now-wife Leotta's marriage was 10 years in the making, but Sunday they were forced to evacuate their Olivehurst, California, home for the Placer County Fairgrounds, with about 300 other displaced residents. Authorities ordered people to leave the area when a hole developed in an eroded area of the spillway, raising concerns that the spillway could fail...
  • Sikhs Step Up, Welcome Oroville Dam Evacuees to Their Temples

    02/15/2017 10:59:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 14, 2017 | Lisa Fernandez
    "It's just hardwired into us and our religion," Harsimran Singh aid. "Anytime someone needs help, we need to be there." Members of the Sikh faith are inviting the 188,000 evacuees who were forced to leave their homes because of the damaged Oroville Dam emergency spillway to come to their temples for a nice vegetarian meal and a rest on the floor of their prayer halls. Yuba City and Sacramento — both about an hour's drive from Oroville — are central migration spots for Sikhs in California, most of whom originally hailed from Punjab, India. Several temples in the surrounding Northern...
  • Haitian Evacuees May Be Coming Here

    01/14/2010 10:01:09 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 69 replies · 1,953+ views
    WFTV ^ | January 14, 2010 | WFTV
    The number of evacuees coming to Florida soon will probably be 45,000.
  • D/FW will serve as staging ground for Gustav evacuees

    08/29/2008 5:25:03 PM PDT · by Dysart · 18 replies · 144+ views
    FWST ^ | 8-29-08 | TREBOR BANSTETTER
    Dallas/Fort Worth Airport may serve as a key landing point for hundreds of medical patients airlifted from New Orleans to Metroplex hospitals beginning Sunday, as Hurricane Gustav moves into the Gulf of Mexico.Additionally, if Gustav hits New Orleans, the former Delta Air Lines satellite facility near Terminal E would end up serving as temporary living quarters for 800 federal relief employees who were stationed at New Orleans' Louis Armstrong Airport as the storm approached, officials said."This is going to be a huge team effort," said Brian Magana, D/FW spokesman.The first patients are tentatively scheduled to arrive early Sunday -- D/FW...
  • Next time, evacuees subject to criminal checks[TX] [Hurricane or State emergency]

    12/16/2007 4:06:00 PM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 324+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 15 Dec 2007 | Terri Langford
    State's plan calls for putting some offenders on separate bus Texans seeking to escape the next hurricane or state emergency by evacuation bus will first be submitted to criminal background checks, the state's emergency management director says. The idea, according to Jack Colley, is to keep sex offenders and others who may be wanted by police off the same buses used by the most vulnerable during an evacuation: the elderly, disabled residents and children. "This will allow us to help them evacuate," Colley said of sex offenders and others wanted for crimes. "We're not going to leave anyone." Though the...
  • California evacuees get massages, acupuncture, entertainment in stadium shelter

    10/24/2007 8:07:35 PM PDT · by yorkie · 34 replies · 41+ views
    National Post (Canada) ^ | October 24, 2007
    It doesn't bring back lost family heirlooms, a child's favourite toy or photos of your daughter's wedding but evacuees of the fires raging around San Diego, California can take solace in the fact that their home away from home is safe, comfortable and even has a few extra frills. CanWest correspondent Sheldon Alberts reports about conditions from the Qualcomm Centre, which is housing thousands who have left their homes because of the massive fires in California: Instead of chaos, there was relative calm as evacuees arrived to discover a carnival-like atmosphere that included live music performances, a makeshift pre-school and...
  • Civility Reigns at San Diego Stadium

    10/23/2007 6:58:00 AM PDT · by shbox · 38 replies · 118+ views
    FOX ^ | 10/23/2007 | SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press Writer
    Exerted.... "SAN DIEGO — Like Hurricane Katrina evacuees two years earlier in New Orleans, thousands of people rousted by natural disaster fled to the NFL stadium here, waiting out the calamity and worrying about their homes. The similarities ended there, as an almost festive atmosphere reigned at Qualcomm Stadium." "Bands belted out rock 'n' roll, lavish buffets served gourmet entrees, and massage therapists helped relieve the stress for those forced to flee their homes because of wildfires." "At Qualcomm, thousands of tents, many set up by relief organizations, provided temporary roofs, while hundreds of people slept on open-air cots. Some...
  • Evacuees of Katrina distrusted authorities: study

    05/03/2007 6:27:00 AM PDT · by bedolido · 36 replies · 816+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-2-2007 | staff writer
    NEW YORK, May 2 (Reuters Life!) - Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005 felt a deep level of distrust towards public health authorities, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) said the level of distrust influenced how people reacted to warnings to evacuate and why some residents decided to stay. "The statements of distrust were all spontaneous statements," said Dr. Kristina Cordasco, the lead author of the study published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
  • New ruling puts freeze on FEMA payments

    12/23/2006 7:35:55 AM PST · by OBXWanderer · 29 replies · 878+ views ^ | 12/22/2006 | Patti Reinert, Susan Carroll
    WASHINGTON — Just as federal housing money was to start flowing again to thousands of Texas-based hurricane evacuees, a federal appeals court put everything on hold Friday. The ruling means that about 4,200 families in Houston, San Antonio and Austin who were left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will have to wait until at least February to find out whether the federal government is required to restore their rental assistance payments. By then, the temporary housing program will have expired — unless Congress or President Bush extend it.
  • Donated House Sold by Katrina Evacuees

    11/20/2006 6:05:07 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 61 replies · 3,207+ views
    MyFox Fox13, Memphis ^ | Friday, 17 Nov 2006 | WHBQ
    In February, the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ gave a New Orleans family, who was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the keys to a house in Hickory Hill that church members said the wife selected. They got a $75,000 house for free. But we discovered that the family sold it without ever moving in.
  • Houston homicides spike; evacuees cited

    10/21/2006 12:26:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 748+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/06 | AP
    HOUSTON - Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina have contributed to an increase in Houston's annual murder rate, which could climb this year to its highest level in more than a decade, police said. Houston had 316 homicides as of Oct. 16. That's an increase of 25 percent from the 252 slayings tallied at this time last year, putting the city on pace to record nearly 400 killings before the end of 2006. "We recognize that the homicide rate is up as far as raw numbers and as well as percentages relative to the population," Capt. Dwayne Ready said. "We also recognize...
  • Mayor wants to send Katrina criminals back to Louisiana

    09/01/2006 5:39:08 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 24 replies · 1,288+ views ^ | 09/01/06 | Dan Lauck
    11 News has learned more about an agreement between the mayors of Houston and New Orleans to send back to Louisiana any evacuees who commit serious crimes here. Mayor White hopes the proposal will appease some angry Houstonians. The agreement was first mentioned publicly in a heated meeting Wednesday night on Westside crime. "We want the New Orleans residents to go home," said one frustrated resident. One year after Katrina, Houston's welcome mat appears to be fraying around the edges. "Our taxes are too high to be putting up with this mess," a Westchase resident told Mayor White Wednesday. The...
  • Residents urge White to send evacuees home

    08/31/2006 10:29:19 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 61 replies · 1,592+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8-31-06 | ANNE MARIE KILDAY
    Katrina fatigue erupted into anger and frustration Wednesday night, as more than 1,700 west Houston residents urged Mayor Bill White to send evacuees home to New Orleans. One year after the city of Houston welcomed at least 250,000 evacuees, more than 100,000 New Orleans natives still remain. West Houston residents who gathered Wednesday at Grace Presbyterian Church to address increases in violent crime over the past year in their community said evacuees are to blame. White and Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt had come to the church to discuss details of a new police division on the west side that...
  • Suburban Church Wants Katrina Mom To Move

    08/04/2006 5:56:55 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 210 replies · 4,200+ views
    Palatine Church Wants Woman Out By The End Of The Month (CBS) PALATINE -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Chicago area residents opened up their hearts and wallets. Now, nearly a year later, a suburban church is evicting the family it took in. CBS 2's Alita Guillen reports on a single mom who has no place to turn. For the past year, Keisha Moran and her three children have called a three-bedroom Victorian home, but that's about to change. The St. Paul United Church of Christ in Palatine owns the home, and the parish wants them out by...
  • Humanitarian aid to Lebanon is aiding terrorists

    07/29/2006 12:40:45 AM PDT · by · 10 replies · 462+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/29/6 | RedFox
    In a Fox News free "World" video "Stepping In: Hezbollah providing relief to evacuees" Fox News reporter Jonathan Hunt from Beirut, Lebanon says that the refugees arriving in Beirut "don't just support Hezbollah, but they feel they are a part of the organization." Am I wrong in concluding that the Lebanese civilians are terrorists? The U.S. is sending aid to the Lebanese military. It is under the control of the Lebanese Prime Minister Senior Fraud who we've previously heard on Fox passionately mouthing the rhetoric of anti-Israeli terrorists, calling Israel a criminal war machine, murdering women and children, attacking civilian...
  • 'Today' Sees Things Lebanon's Way - And Misses Big Picture

    07/20/2006 5:38:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 977+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 20, 2006 - 08:13 Heart-rending images of small children being lifted across a fence. Outraged American/Lebanese evacuees describing indiscriminate Israeli bombing. A Lebanese man with blood on his shirt after his brother was killed by an Israeli bomb. And the only two reporters on the scene reporting from Beirut. That was the way the 'Today' largely saw fit to cover the Middle East conflict this morning. While none of the words or images are necessarily inaccurate [and we were treated to one evacuee heartily thanking Pres. Bush], they utterly fail to tell the whole story. Yes,...
  • Harper heads for Cyprus; taking 120 evacuees from Lebanon home on his plane

    07/19/2006 10:06:39 AM PDT · by fanfan · 21 replies · 535+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 19, 2006 | Bruce Cheadle
    PARIS (CP) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is flying to Cyprus where he intends to take up to 120 evacuees from Lebanon home to Canada on his Canadian Forces plane. Harper announced the surprise side trip on his week-long European diplomatic tour after a meeting with French President Jacques Chirac at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday afternoon. "Because of the seriousness of the situation and our relative proximity to Cyprus, we have decided to take the Canadian Forces aircraft we have been travelling on to help airlift evacuees back home," Harper said in a statement. "The aircraft will be stripped...
  • Gulfport evacuees receive helping hand

    06/16/2006 4:30:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 211+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Mitch Gettle
    6/16/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- It's been more than eight months since Hurricane Katrina displaced thousands of people. Veterans who stayed at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Miss., were among those who had to leave. More than 400 of the 600 residents were evacuated to the AFRH here and have been without most of their personal belongings since September. "The only thing I brought with me was three shirts, two pairs of pants, two pairs of shoes and a towel -- that's it," said Leonard Drozal, a World War II Marine Corps veteran. "I miss my computer." Since...