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TPWD News Release — Sept. 13, 2008

Ike Update From TPWD: State Parks Host 4,000 Evacuees, Game Wardens Staged For Rescue-Recovery

11:45 a.m. CDT — Update 4

Below is information sent by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Governor’s Press Office 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, close to 4,000 Ike evacuees are now staying at 36 state parks outside the storm’s path, as listed below. Garner State Park has far and away the most, with 1,650 evacuees, at least half of those from the Houston area. Garner is known to be popular among Houston visitors, where some families and groups have returned every spring or summer for years. Most other evacuees are clustered at Hill Country parks like Inks Lake (415) and Pedernales Falls (135), but others are spread across Texas as far away as Davis Mountains (5) and Lake Arrowhead (39). Dozens of other parks in Southeast and East Texas are closed due to Ike, with the latest info online (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/parkinfo/hurricane).

Evacuees from storm-damaged areas are allowed to tent camp or stay in RVs or campers at no cost in Texas State Parks, and they may stay in cabins or screen shelters at discounted rates. The latest information on parks closed or accepting evacuees is available through the TPWD Web site (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/site/emergency). 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

Below is a list of state parks hosting Ike evacuees as of 10 a.m. today, showing numbers of evacuees at each park. For the current list of parks closed due to Ike, see the TPWD Web site (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/parkinfo/hurricane).

TOTAL 3,933

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