FEMA plans on adding shelters in Central Mall parking lot

PORT ARTHUR - Harvey evacuees could end up being sheltered in the parking lot of a Port Arthur mall according to a FEMA official.

Although he did not say exactly where or when they would be set up FEMA Division Coordinator Scott Thomas told 12News, Monday, that additional shelters were being planned for the parking lot of Central Mall.

On Friday hundreds of evacuees moved into soft-shelled tents set up at the Bob Bowers Civic center in Port Arthur.

Mayor Derrick Freeman told 12News on Friday his next focus would be on where to place the more than 750 residents who are either displaced or evicted from their apartments.

Freeman believes about 250 were evicted from their apartments due to mold growth or major water damage.

In the future, the county will set up a phone line so evicted apartment renters can call and reserve a spot at another temporary shelter.

The tents are available as a temporary shelter for about 30 days but could get extended. The mayor emphasizes county officials and FEMA representatives are working to find a solution.

At the Bob Bowers Civic Center three hot meals will be offered to residents each day. Residents will also have the opportunity to eat snacks like fruit and granola bars during the day.

At the temporary shelter people will be able to shower and use the bathrooms in trailers at the civic center.

There will be medical staff and police at the temporary shelter.

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