3 Texas shelters open for Isaac evacuees

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM

DALLAS (AP) -- A Dallas-area shelter and two in East Texas have opened for possible evacuees of Hurricane Isaac as the system moved toward the Louisiana Gulf coast.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross were ready Tuesday at a shelter at Faith Baptist Church in DeSoto. American Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster says shelters also have been set up at St. Louis Baptist Church in Tyler and Williams Memorial United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Texas. Each shelter can accommodate about 150 people.

The American Red Cross chapters in Houston and San Antonio say they’ve opened no shelters as officials directed evacuees inland, away from the coast.

Meanwhile, Cameron County officials closed the South Texas county’s Padre Island and Boca Chica beaches Tuesday evening because of dangerous tides and currents.

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