Fort Worth sheltering more than 400 fleeing Hurricane Laura

August 27,2020

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The City of Fort Worth has activated two shelters for evacuees from Southeast Texas who are fleeing Hurricane Laura.

Evacuees are being housed at two local hotels. As of noon Thursday, there were 473 total guests, including 234 who arrived by bus and 239 who self-evacuated.

The evacuees cannot be housed in a typical emergency shelter environment due to social distancing requirements brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Arriving guests were screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms, and testing is available onsite.

The shelter locations are being managed by the City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation and Neighborhood Services departments with assistance from the Fort Worth Emergency Operations Center, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters and other government organizations.

The City Council on Tuesday issued a 60-day disaster declaration, allowing state disaster funding.