More than 650 Katrina survivors in Colorado |

More than 650 Katrina survivors in Colorado

DENVER – More than 650 survivors of Hurricane Katrina had taken refuge in Colorado by Thursday, and at least 500 more were expected by Wednesday, officials said.Aurora Fire Capt. Kevin Moffitt said about 325 were living at a Colorado Community College System dormitory on the former Lowry Air Force Base in the east Denver suburb. The others had registered for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency but were not staying at the dormitory.Aurora officials are acting on FEMA’s behalf in providing for the evacuees.Moffitt said a steady stream of evacuees had registered through the day at Lowry, the only site in Colorado where sign up for aid from FEMA is available.About 250 evacuees arrived in Denver on two government-sponsored flights from Houston and New Orleans earlier this week. Moffitt said FEMA officials have advised emergency aid workers in Colorado to expect government flights carrying 500 more evacuees on Wednesday.The state has told FEMA it could take in about 1,000 evacuees. About 600 will be housed at the community college dormitory, and about 400 will be given hotel vouchers. Some who arrived in Colorado on their own also will be provided such housing, Moffitt said.The registration desks at a gymnasium near the dormitory have been staffed around-the-clock since Sunday, nearly a week after Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans.Starting Friday, they will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Moffitt said.Eventually, he said, registration duties will be taken over by the Mile High chapter of the American Red Cross, which was converting an unused building in Aurora for the purpose.

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