Wednesday, September 17, 2008

RV Parks in Texas help Ike Evacuees

Herald Zeitung - New Braunfels,TX,USA
Still without power, some Hurricane Ike evacuees pulling their homes away from home continue to use New Braunfels as a resting place, according to local RV resorts.

“Most of them have already moved out,” Bryan Kastleman, owner of Hill Country RV Resort’s management company, said Tuesday. “The ones still here basically don’t have their electricity back on. They don’t want to go home until they have electricity.”

Last week, most of the resort’s 300 RV spaces were full of evacuees, an employee said. Tuesday Kastleman said now about 200 spaces were occupied.

Although locally, it appears most evacuees are beginning to return home many of those who sought temporary shelter in campgrounds across the Hill Country now find they either don’t have a home to go back to or they can’t return home because of continuing floods and power outages, said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners.

“Our RV park and campground operators have opened their parks, pocketbooks and hearts to hundred of evacuees,” Schaeffer said. “Parks providing potlucks, family activities and true compassion as folks wait see when they can return to their homes.”

At Oakwood RV Resort in Fredericksburg, employees hosted a potluck for Ike evacuees Sunday night and started a food drive for those staying this week on Monday, said employee Pat Miller.

Another RV resort offered 10 percent discounts to evacuees and provided a free breakfast this past weekend.
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