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Parish embraces evacuees

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This is her second time to evacuate to Ruston — the first being in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina — and she returned to the northern city because of positive memories from the first stay.

“I liked the way they treated me, and I liked the environment,” she said.

Another Lake Charles resident, Rontonda Thibodeaux, said her large family evacuated to Ouachita Parish in 2005, but chose to find a spot in a Ruston shelter this time because she heard it was nice and had fewer evacuees.

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