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1500 Hurricane evacuees arrive in Missouri

September 9, 2005
By: Lacey Hanson
State Capital Bureau

Residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina may be headed to Missouri for relief. Lacey Hanson has more from the state capital.

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Governor Matt Blunt said 1500 residents from Louisana and Mississippi have already arrived in Missouri towns. The state is preparing facilities at Lambert International Airfield to receive 2,000 more of the hurricane evacuees.

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"It's highly possible people that have been displaced by the hurricane will come here for several months, perhaps over a year and many I think it's safe to say will decide to become Missouri residents. They'll have a lot to add to our economy and to our culture and we'll be happy to have them as citizens."

Governor Blunt says he expects about 85% of the hurricane victims who come to Missouri to become residents.

After arriving in St. Louis, the evacuees will undergo processing and receive vouchers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for food, clothing, housing and medicine. Governor Blunt said transportation for the hurricane victims to other Missouri towns is still a concern. From Jefferson City, I'm Lacey Hanson.