Dec 24, 2010 10:24 PM by Ariel Wesler

Red Cross finds housing for all Guadalupe evacuees

Families staying at the Red Cross shelter in Guadalupe will have a home for Christmas, just not their own. The Red Cross says it found alternate housing in Guadalupe for everyone still at the shelter. The shelter was set up at city hall earlier this week after families had to leave their homes due to flooding. At one point, the shelter had as many as 30 people staying there.

It's one of the best gifts any family could want.

"We have found alternate housing for all of our shelter members," said Pamela Voge with the American Red Cross.

For the De Leon family, this will be their third move this month since arriving in Guadalupe.

"We barely moved here, like three weeks ago," said Mariana De Leon.

The family is just a part of seventeen people still staying at the Red Cross shelter after their homes flooded on Pioneer Street Sunday night. Now, they won't have to spend Christmas in a gymnasium, but somewhere a little more like home.

"The other people that are here, they wanted to spend Christmas in their own house," Mariana said.

Hoping they can eventually return to their real home.

"There have been inspectors going in and out seeing what got damaged and electrical problems," Mariana said.

"We'll continue to follow these families until they are reestablished," Voge said.

And for these families, that's a sure reason to celebrate.

"There's no place like home for the holidays," said Red Cross Volunteer Meredith Storton.

"Happy Christmas everybody! Feliz Navidad para todos," the De Leon's said.

The church that flooded on pioneer street is still busy cleaning up. It plans to reopen for services on Sunday.


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