The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 1, 2012

Shelters in hardest hit counties to remain open

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

— In counties that were hit the hardest with power outages, shelters are still up and running. Other counties with few outages see shelters shutting down.

In Fayette County, the Fayetteville Church of God on Harvey Street only had around eight families spend Tuesday night; however, many more are being fed out of the church’s kitchen.

One organizer estimates more than 100 people where fed there Wednesday.

A second shelter opened at the old Gauley Bridge High School where residents can bring their own food to cook.

In Nicholas County, the Summersville Fire Department has reached its capacity and a firefighter said more than a dozen kids were brightening spirits playing together there Wednesday.

The Nicholas County Senior Center in Summersville is still accepting residents with oxygen-related needs and citizens were still being taken to the Summersville Baptist Church’s Family Life Center Wednesday.

These shelters expect to remain open as long as power outages persist.

The Richwood Food and Clothing Pantry is also still open as a shelter.

Less need in Raleigh County means shelters are rotating.

The Raleigh County Commission on Aging will be open today, Raleigh County Community Action will be open on Friday and Saturday, and the Beckley Dream Center will be open on Sunday.

These shelters will rotate as long as power is off in the county.

Due to lack of need and occupancy, shelter sites at the Rainelle Volunteer Fire Department and Rhema Christian Center in Lewisburg are now closed.

Greenbrier County citizens with shelter needs should contact county emergency management, 304-646-5260.

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