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TPWD News Release — Sept. 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Update From TPWD: Texas Game Wardens Deploy, Some State Parks Close, Other Parks Accept Evacuees

Below is information sent by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Governor's Press Office earlier today. The governor's office is coordinating official communication about Gustav for the State of Texas, including TPWD activities. The following information is provided as a service and convenience for TPWD's audience. For complete information, see the Texas govenor's web site at http://governor.state.tx.us/, or news media may phone the press office at (512) 463-1826.

Regarding Texas State Parks, several parks in Southeast Texas are closed due to Gustav, as noted below. Other parks outside the area affected by the storm are accepting people evacuating from areas hit by the storm. Evacuees from storm-damaged areas may tent camp at no cost in Texas State Parks, and they may stay in cabins or screen shelters at discounted rates. The Texas State Parks reservation center is closed today, Sep. 1 for the Labor Day state holiday. The reservation center will reopen Tuesday morning, at which time people can phone (512) 389-8900 for the latest information, or see the TPWD Web site (www.tpwd.state.tx.us). Meantime, the public should phone individual state parks to see whether a park is closed or accepting evacuees.

Texas Game Wardens/TPWD Law Enforcement Division

Texas State Parks

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