HOUSTON -- The Sept.
6 relocation of 4,000 Hurricane Katrina refugees from the Houston
Astrodome and Reliant Center to Carnival Cruise Lines' two
Galveston, Texas-based ships was delayed.
According to a
statement from Unified Command here, storm refugees "prefer to stay
where they are right now" as they grapple with dramatic changes to
their lives or focus on finding family members.
Commander Joe Leonard: "For residents, another immediate relocation
is simply too much, too soon."
and Ecstasy have been temporarily berthed in Galveston after being
chartered for six months by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency. Each ship can handle up to 2,606 passengers.
reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].