Cabin fever sets for some hurricane evacuees in SA shelters

Evacuees anxious to get out, return home

SAN ANTONIO – Many people who sought shelter in San Antonio fleeing from Hurricane Harvey said cabin fever has set in and are anxious to return home.

Some evacuees have been in town since Friday.

Residents of coastal cities, such as Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, heeded the early warnings to leave and headed to shelters in San Antonio.

"It feels kind of safe, and they're feeding us well. They're taking good care of us," said Tina Lancaster, who is from Robstown, east of Corpus.

Lancaster's grateful for the hospitality she found in San Antonio.

But she said there's no place like home.

Although Lancaster is a former San Antonian, she still had a hard time finding ways to occupy her time.

Taking advantage of a break from the rain Monday morning, Lancaster set out on a stroll near the former Southwest Side middle school that had been turned into a makeshift home for her and hundreds of others.

"That's probably the biggest problem right now is the cabin fever, you know, wanting to get out and wanting information. Things like that," Lancaster said. "It gets frustrating some times."

Rick Beaty, a former San Antonian who lives in Corpus, also decided to step out for some fresh air. 

Beaty said he'd rather be at the beach but is making due in his temporary surroundings.

"I know the lay of the land up here, but there are so many people in there that don't know what to do with themselves," Beaty said. "Just get out and get on a bus. They'll all take you right downtown. Go see the Alamo."

While being cooped up inside in a strange city may not be much fun, many people said living at the shelters still tops what they might find at home right now.

"They're boiling water. Electricity is sporadic; coming on and off," Beaty said. "Really, I don't want to go back until the air conditioning is on, if you know what Corpus is like in the summer."

Some people said at the very least they would just like to know when they came expect to go home. 

Most people staying in San Antonio shelters arrived in specially chartered buses and will have to rely on the buses to get home.

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