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Almost 437 Coast Residents Evacuated by School Buses
From: MEMA   Filed 9/1/08  GCN

PEARL Approximately 437 coastal residents were able to evacuate the Mississippi Gulf Coast through the school bus transportation provided by the Mississippi Department of Education on Sunday.

The first convoy of about a dozen school buses left Harrison County with 323 people at 5:15 p.m. today. The second convoy picked up about 42 people and left the coast at 6 p.m. The third convoy transported 72 evacuees. Additionally, 15 pets were evacuated by bus.

The buses are expected to begin arriving at the Jackson Coliseum between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

MDE originally deployed more than 100 school buses


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