GUs Cognevich

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GUs Cognevich - NAPLES DAILY NEWS Mon.. Sept^S, 1977_3A^ Many...
NAPLES DAILY NEWS Mon.. Sept^S, 1977_3A^ Many Restless, But Safe in Gym From Babe 9 of BELLE CHASSE. U. (DPI) - The crowded high school gymnasium was a safe place to hide from Hurricane Babe, but nol many people were resting easy. "Everybody's just waiting around to see what's happening." said Joey Peterson, a high school student who was spending a night in a hurricane shelter for the f i f t h lime in his life. "They're not settled. They sleep light. They're worriedand there's nothing they can do about it. They worry ahout whether they're going to have a home to go back to." The gym at Belle Chasse High was one of several dozen evacuation shelters opened across South Louisiana for 45,000 people who fled inland from Hurricane Bahe. Red Cross officials said 1,000 evacuees were in this gym alone. Portable television sels cast an eerie glow on the floor of the gym. Here and there, children slept on olive green cots. Larry Mina Jr., 26, of Empire, La., shuffled a deckol cards and watched the latest weather bulletins on one of the television sets. His wife and their four children sat nearby. "From what he said on the news, the wind ain't thai bad," said Mina. "But the people in the tower end of the (Plaqucmi- nes) Parish are going to catch it. It's like a bathtub down there." Gus Cognevich, 77, of Nerin, La., was in another area of the gym with his wife and two Amen other elderly persons. If he had his way, he would have been asleep in bed at home a [ew miles down the Mississippi River. "We've got a pretty good location," he said. "It's high land, but the sheriff gives us orders to evacuate and we have to leave. "I'd rather slay, but these lady folks get all excited. They can't take it." Eura Matte, a janitor at the school, tried to quiet unruly youngsters in the restricted area. "These old people, I (eel so sorry lor them," she said. "They were here last night and they went home at 8 o'clock this morning (when it appeared Babe would move away from the coast). And then they had to come back tonight." Becky Morris, lO.ofBoothvil- le, rode a skateboard down a long corridor and talked about the four other times in her l i she had spent a night in a hurricane shelter. "I have a good time," she said. "Most of my friends are here." And the skateboard? She packed it with the rest of her belongings. "I ain't about to leave it." she said.

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  1. The Naples Daily News,
  2. 05 Sep 1977, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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