ORANGE - Officials in Orange County are working with the state to set up a shelter for evacuees returning to the county from around the state next week.
The shelter will be set up at the boat ramp parking lot off Simmons Drive in east Orange and is expected to be ready for evacuees arriving Monday afternoon from Dallas, Austin and Nacogdoches according to Orange County Judge Brint Carlton
Carlton told 12News he believes equipment will start arriving on the site today and the shelter should take 72 hours to build.
The tent shelter will hold 250 people with the ability to be expanded to handle 500 if there is a need Carlton said.
Contractors working with FEMA's “Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power," or STEP program, will also be available at the shelter to help families make their homes livable.
Judge Carlton said they are also discussing the option of requesting trailers for residents who are cleaning up their homes.
The Orange City Council is allowing residents to have trailers and RV's at their home for temporary housing for a period of 12 months.
The City Council is asking residents to apply for a voluntary permit if they have an RV or trailer at their home. Residents can contact the Code Enforcement Department at 409-883-1070.
Judge Carlton said debris contractors have been working on picking up debris along the side of the road for the past 8 days.
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