Gustav evacuees looking forward to returning home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Many of the thousands of evacuees that took shelter from Hurricane Gustav in Tennessee are looking forward to returning home, but this time they remain hopeful that the storm spared their communities.

Linda and Peter Henderson of LaPlace, La., a New Orleans suburb, took refuge in Memphis for a second time, but said this was a different experience than Hurricane Katrina.

Unlike last time, the couple is fairly confident their home survived the weakened Gustav, which came ashore about 72 miles southwest of the city Monday morning.

More than 2,700 people are staying in 15 Memphis-area shelters, most of which are small shelters in churches and high schools. Linda Henderson said she's never stayed in a shelter before, but that the staff have been very good to her family.

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