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El Paso prepares to house Harvey evacuees

The City of El Paso tweeted Sunday night that it could receive around 1,500 evacuees from Hurricane Harvey.

The city's Emergency Operations Center has been activated in anticipation of the evacuees.

Their arrival has not been confirmed, read the tweet from the City's official Twitter account.

"We stand ready to assist our neighbors & have full confidence in our First Responders," El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez was quoted on a tweet. "EP has always been a very welcoming community & should it be necessary we are prepared to receive our guests as family."

The City explained, "Should evacuees arrive, they will be relocated to appropriate shelter(s)."

This is not the first time El Paso has been called to help provide shelter during a natural disaster.

El Paso housed about 700 Katrina evacuees in 2005, according to KVIA archives. The convention center downtown turned into a shelter, with hundreds of cots and tables set up to provide services for exhausted evacuees who arrived in buses, many with only the clothes on their backs. Five years later, an estimated 200 of them had made El Paso their home while many returned to their homes.

Not only is the City preparing to receive evacuees -- it is also sending resources to the affected area. The El Paso Fire Department sent six divers and a rescue boat to Houston as part of Texas Taskforce 1, the City announced.

The El Paso Red Cross has also sent trained volunteers and Del Sol Medical Center sent three NICU (Neo-Natology Intensive Care Unit) nurses to San Antonio to care for premature babies who had been evacuated from Harvey's path.

Stay with ABC-7 for updates.


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