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Hurricane Evacuees Begin Arriving In California

Sacramento, CA — The first evacuees from Hurricane Katrina began arriving in California over the weekend, nearly a week after their city was devastated.

Three families, seven adults and three children, arrived in Los Angeles from New Orleans late Saturday night and early Sunday.

Three more families are to be flown in within days. All are being assisted by the Red Cross. The new arrivals met with caseworkers Sunday. They have been given money for food, clothing and emergency medical needs, and children also received teddy bears.

Another 300 families are headed for San Francisco, where the local Salvation Army and the faith-based community is working to arrange temporary housing.