The Red Cross will be picking up the tab for those rooms, and giving out hundreds in spending cash. As you can imagine, there are plenty of evacuees waiting in line.
Arkim, Suzette and baby Sade have been at the Red Cross shelter for more than a week. They're anxious to move into a motel now that the Red Cross will pick up the tab.
The Red Cross hopes to move the more than 70 evacuees at the shelter into motels by the week's end. It plans to pick up the tab for at least the next two weeks.
Evacuees like Joann Porche are flooding the Red Cross Service Center, not only to coordinate motel room tabs, but to apply for a stash of spending money, between $700 and $1800 per family.
That Red Cross Service Center is very busy as evacuees meet with case managers who help them apply for all types of available assistance.
Chris Floyd says the Red Cross is now working on a three-month plan on how to help evacuees who are awaiting a green light to go home as well as those who choose to stay.