Louisville Won't House Ike Evacuees

by Rick Howlett on September 8, 2008

Louisville Metro Government officials say if Hurricane Ike forces Gulf Coast residents to flee their homes, none of them will be staying here as was the case with Hurricane Gustav.

Chris Poynter at the mayors office says they’ve told FEMA the city is not prepared to handle another influx of evacuees.

“We just sheltered 1,500 folks and it was very taxing time, both for the Red Cross and for other groups, but we did it very well,” Poynter said. “But what we did tell them is we will allow the evacuees to come into Louisville by flight or whatever, and we will help bus them from Louisville to Lexington, to Owensboro, to Bowling Green, to some of the other cities that have said they would help.”

The Hurricane Gustav evacuees returned home Saturday and Sunday after spending about a week housed in the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Poynter says the city is now bracing for the arrival of thousands of Ryder Cup golf fans this week and next.

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