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Evacuees arrive at Mid-America Airport

By AP/KWMU

Mascoutah, Ill. – About 175 evacuees from New Orleans arrived at Mid-America Airport in the Metro-East last night.

They're now taking up temporary shelter in Alton... at the Alton Mental Health Center.

One evacuee... told the Associated Press he's being treated well...but he didn't know he was heading to Illinois until he got on an airplane yesterday with his two poodles.

Meanwhile... a hanger at Lambert Airport that was converted into temporary housing remains vacant... two days after evacuees were expected.

Still... the Red Cross says well over four-thousand people displaced by Hurricane Katrina are now in Missouri.

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