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Milano to dedicate new shelter on Saturday

3,800-square-foot building had roots in 2008 Hurricane Ike evacuee crowd


Reed Reed An idea that blossomed five years ago as thousands of Hurricane Ike evacuees poured into Milam County w ill become a reality Saturday in Milano with a combination dedication and open house.

Officials w ill gat her to dedicate the 3,800- squarefoot emergency shelter. Jim Reed, exec- utive director of the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG), will speak at the dedication.

Refreshments will be at 6 p.m. with the program following at 6:30.

Other speakers include County Judge Dave Barkemeyer, former County Judge Frank Summers and Susan Reinders, director of Milam County Homeland Security/ Emergency Management.

Gary Westbrook will conduct a “consecration” ceremony and Milano Elementary School students will participate.

The shelter includes a “great room” where evacuees can rest, sleep and dine and a large kitchen, complete with men’s and women’s restrooms and showers.


If there’s a Houston-area hurricane this year, chances are good some families fleeing the storm will spend the night in this brand new shelter two blocks east of the Milano viaduct. 
Reporter/Mike Brown If there’s a Houston-area hurricane this year, chances are good some families fleeing the storm will spend the night in this brand new shelter two blocks east of the Milano viaduct. Reporter/Mike Brown A second building, to be constructed later, will eventually include a four-bay complex for the Milano Volunteer Fire Department.

IKE— The concept for a shelter fire station had its origin on Sept. 13, 2008, as Hurricane Ike sent a stream of evacuees into Milam County.

Gause, 10 miles east of Milano, lost power, water and phone service. The community’s energy supplier was located in Beaumont.

Milam County also hosted large numbers of evacuees from Hurricane Rita in 2005.

Milam of f icials, including Summers and Reinders, began to pursue federal disaster recovery funds, administered through the Central Texas Council of Governments, and Milam County received a $250,000 grant in 2009.

The Milano VFD purchased 5.5 acres of land adjacent to US 79 and the City of Milano deeded an additional 0.6 acres of unused alleys and roads.

“The public is invited to attend the dedication,” Ted Hubert, Milano VFD spokesman, said.

The shelter is located on US 79-190/Texas 36 two blocks east of the railroad viaduct.

An adjacent fire station for the Milano VFD will be constructed at a later date.


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