Troubles at an evacuee shelter in Tyler, Texas, during Hurricane Ike are raising questions about the state's evacuation plan. More than 3,000 people from Beaumont, Texas, were bused to Tyler before the storm hit September 13th even though the city said it could handle only half that many. Some 1,600 were put in an old Wal-Mart that had been vacant for two years. It had few indoor bathrooms, and a leaky roof.
Tensions rose, erupting into fights that created charges and counter-charges by police and evacuees. Pepper spray and a Taser were used. Many claim the building was unsanitary, and that fear of crime and violence was constant. A spokeswoman for Governor Rick Perry says the state provides transportation and evacuation support, but shelter decisions are up to local officials.