Camp Williams is Now Empty From Evacuees

Camp Williams is Now Empty From Evacuees

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Once home to more than five-hundred survivors of Hurricane Katrina is now empty.

The final nine evacuees left Camp Williams yesterday.

Many have reunited with friends and family close to home, while more than half have chosen to stay in Utah long term.

Several remain in Salt Lake motels, awaiting permanent housing or to return to New Orleans.

Colonel Scot Olson, who had been in charge of Camp Williams, says every sector of Utah came together to provide a safe and secure environment where the evacuees could recover from Katrina.

Addresses and phone numbers have been collected from evacuees who stayed in Utah. Community advocate Pamela Atkinson says she plans to visit individually with each person or family throughout the coming months.

Meanwhile as Utah closes down its official relief efforts, the state Division of Homeland Security will evaluate its response to Katrina evacuees.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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