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Evacuees ready to leave Georgia

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Gustav evacuees are awaiting word they can return home. Almost two million people evacuated the Gulf Coast over the weekend.

More than a thousand of them came as far east as Georgia. And though the storm damage wasn't as bad as they thought, many evacuees tell us they are happy to be away from the chaos.

Members of one New Orleans family, staying at the Sleep Inn in Albany, say they wish there was more aid available to help them cover the cost from the mandatory evacuation.

"All of the stores are closed, so where are you going to get food from once all of the stuff in your refrigerator goes bad. Where are you going to get gas if you need to go somewhere. What if trees are down. There really is no where for you to maneuver too," said Jernie Vinette.

"It's really hard for my family when they are spending their rent money, and they're spending light bill money, different things like that. And we have nothing," said Lenisha Dillon.

Louisiana officials say some evacuees may get the okay to return by Thursday.

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