Evacuee explains what its like living in 'tent city'

Port Arthur evacuees spend their first weekend in Tent City

PORT ARTHUR - Johnny Crawford is in good spirits despite losing his home to Harvey and having to live temporarily inside a tent in Port Arthur.

“I like it! It’s like a regular house!” he said.

With a brand new pair of socks and shirt, the 61-year-old explained how he’s adjusting to the soft-shelled tents outside the Bob Bowers Civic Center.

Crawford even showed his wristband which identifies him at tent city. Each evacuee is required to wear one.

Tight security was also seen everywhere. DPS troopers guarded every entrance at the civic center.

A clinic with medical personnel was staged at the shelter as well providing 24 hour services in case of an emergency.

Crawford believes this is part of the path to “normalcy” since Harvey.

“We do what we want to do we just have to be inside the tent by 10 p.m.” he explained.

Crawford was staying at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and was transported by bus to the civic center on Friday along with other evacuees.

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