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Louisianans Fleeing Ivan to Arkansas

SEPTEMBER 15, 2004 - Posted at 7:32 a.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state tourism director is asking Arkansans to welcome Louisiana residents fleeing Hurricane Ivan with open arms.

Joe David Rice, the Arkansas tourism director, said tourism offices received telephone calls all day with Louisiana residents seeking accomodations.  He said employees at welcome centers on the state's southern border are already reporting an influx of people looking for a safe haven.

Entergy Arkansas said it was deploying workers to help in the clean-up.

The state's largest utility said 180 employees who had been in Florida helping restore power after hurricanes Charley and Frances were being dispatched to help restoration efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Entergy workers had been stationed in Daytona Beach, Florida, but left yesterday for Mississippi to await the storm.

Previously, the Greater Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross said Little Rock was serving as a staging area for as many as 30 emergency vehicles preparing for Hurricane Ivan.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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