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Maps released showing staggered evacuee return plan

By J. Lyn Carl,

Austin, TX –

Gov. Rick Perry's office today released copies of maps outlining the state's staggered return plan to move evacuees who fled ahead of Hurricane Rita back into their coastal homes.

Many evacuees from the Houston area began flooding major highways, particularly Interstate 10 and U.S. 290 Saturday trying to get home, even though local, state and federal officials warned them they could not ensure they would find enough gas for their vehicles on the return trip not could they ensure they would return to safe areas.

President George W. Bush, U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn of Texas, Gov. Rick Perry and local officials urged evacuees to observe the staggered return plan announced by state officials on Saturday. Many ignored that request, some returning to areas covered with debris, without electric power and to empty stores and no food and gas supplies.

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