As clean up efforts from Hurricane Ike continue in the Galveston area, local officials are working to bring home Coastal Bend residents who evacuated in anticipation of the storm.
Robstown Fire Chief Ricardo Gonzalez said Monday the city sent a team to San Antonio over the weekend to locate and organize 68 evacuees from Robstown, Agua Dulce, Bishop and rural Nueces County.
On Sunday, three buses donated by the Robstown Independent School District went to San Antonio and brought the evacuees back to the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, where the evacuees were processed by state and county officials. Those evacuees were then taken to their homes by the Regional Transit Authority.
The city is currently working to bring home three additional evacuees who require transportation by ambulance, but those efforts have been delayed because most resources have been sent to the Galveston area, Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez praised the cooperation that existed between local, county and state officials in the build-up to Hurricane Ike Monday.
"The pre-disaster plans worked well," Gonzalez said. "The preparations and everything worked great. We had cooperation with all the entities."
Although the Corpus Christi area did not see any effects of Hurricane Ike, Gonzalez said he was pleased with the response of local residents who followed calls by officials to prepare for the storm.
"I believe the key to keeping everybody safe is to act quickly," Gonzalez said. "I believe if we can convince our citizens to evacuate early enough. That's the best thing we can do."
An after-incident briefing is expected to be scheduled with local first responders and other officials in the next few weeks to review the city's preparations for Hurricane Ike, Gonzalez said.