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TPWD News Release — Sept. 10, 2008

Hurricane Ike Update From TPWD: Texas Game Wardens Deploy, Some State Parks Closing

12:18 p.m. CDT — Update 1

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 Ike 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 governor’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 coastal parks are evacuating campers and closing today due to Ike, as noted below. Other parks outside the area affected by the storm are preparing to accept 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 latest information is available through the Texas State Parks reservation center at (512) 389-8900 or on the TPWD Web site (www.tpwd.state.tx.us). The public can also 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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