Last local shelter for Hurricane evacuees closed

Evacuees arriving in Bell County. (Photo by Kathleen Serie/file)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The final Bell County shelter housing Hurricane Harvey evacuees has been closed.

The shelter at the former Fairway Killeen Middle School in Killeen was shut down on Friday, emergency management officials said.

“When we closed up everybody had a safe place to go,” said Donnie Adams, emergency management coordinator for the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

It was handled on a case-by-case basis depending on their circumstances, but Adams said most of the dozen or so evacuees who were left went home, some went to stay with relatives, and a few wanted to stay.

Those who wanted to stay were found places to live and potential employment.

There were also some individuals who were already homeless when they came to the shelter; those people were taken to homeless shelters or given short-term rental agreements through FEMA, Adams said.

At one point there were 11 shelters open in the county, nine of which housed evacuees.

Operations were ultimately consolidated at the former middle school, where about 450 evacuees were sheltered at one point.