Fairway Middle School

Inflatable mattresses sit under a basketball hoop inside Fairway Middle School in Killeen on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

The Killeen shelter housing people who fled Hurricane Harvey was closed Monday evening, according to Bell County Emergency Manager Michael Harmon.

As of noon Monday, about 15 people remained at the former Fairway Middle School. That’s far fewer than the 400-plus evacuees who called the shelter home less than two weeks ago. Bell County welcomed Brazoria County residents, as part of an emergency agreement.

Around 6 p.m., the last two families were being loaded onto buses to return home, Harmon said.

State case workers met earlier with those who remained in Killeen, and helped square away temporary housing in local apartments and hotels.

The number of evacuees staying in the Fairway shelter has dwindled so much, there are nearly as many volunteers as there are people who need help, Harmon said.

“We’ve got a nice ratio of help,” he said.

About 65 residents were in the shelter as of Saturday. That number shrank to 18 on Sunday. Some people already found jobs locally with businesses like Wal-Mart, because they were afraid that they wouldn’t have anything to return home to in Brazoria County, according to Red Cross Supervisor Greg Garbinsky.

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