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Cushy Flood Shelter Asks Some to Leave

Nation IN BRIEF : LOUISIANA

March 22, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Private rooms. Private baths. Free food. Sounds more like a spa than an emergency shelter to some residents of not-so-flooded areas around Catahoula Parish, La. More than 20 people have been asked to leave the refuge, which opened in an empty nursing home last week. Operators say the shelter can't afford to take care of those whose homes aren't flooded. About 60 people have come to the shelter, and parish officials are trying to make sure all of them have been forced out by flood waters.

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