Riley: State Won't Shelter As Many Storm Evacuees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama may not opens its doors as wide this year for hurricane evacuees from Louisiana and other states.

Gov. Bob Riley said Tuesday the state will not take as many evacuees into shelters from out-of-state this year to make sure shelter space is available for Alabama residents. He said the state will be particularly cautious about filling shelters if there's a chance another hurricane could affect the Alabama coast.

More than 6,500 evacuees, mostly from Louisiana, filled 28 shelters at community colleges across Alabama over Labor Day weekend last year as Hurricane Gustav approached the Louisiana coast. Another storm, Hurricane Ike, hit Texas about a week later.

Riley made the comments as Alabama officials gathered to review plans for the 2009 hurricane season.

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