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Two Red Cross shelters open for flood evacuees

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In light of the flood waters creeping closer by the hour, we've seen a lot of people packing up their trucks and vehicles in neighborhoods along the Mississippi River. Most are heading out to stay with friends and relatives.

But for some, it's not that easy.

"I got nowhere to go, I got to look for somewhere to go," says Elvis Kidd, Jr., whose house on Eva Street in Vicksburg will probably flood.

For cases like that, the Red Cross has opened up a shelter at Hawkins United Methodist Church on Halls Ferry Road in Vicksburg. There's also a Red Cross shelter in Tunica, which has been open since the tornadoes. Flood evacuees can eat, shower, and sleep at the shelters.

As of Friday morning, no one had registered to stay at the Vicksburg shelter. "We've had some people drop in to inquire. We had some folks, they were coming from Eagle Lake north of town," says shelter manager Bob Athow.

Forty eight cots are set up inside the recreation room. There is room for 125. Bring your own pillows and sheets if you can. If not they will be provided for you. Pets are not allowed at the Red Cross shelters.

If you're in Warren County, you can take your pet to the Vicksburg Warren Humane Society. They're already housing dogs, cats, even chickens and goats that need a safe place to ride out the flood. "We're able to house them temporarily until the flood recedes, no charge for the people who bring them in," says Kenny Moore, livestock manager. "We'll take any donations, food, treats, cat litter."

Call your local humane society if you're looking for a place to house your pets.

It's still too early for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to offer monetary assistance for housing. "Until we get a regular Presidential Declaration, the only thing we can offer people displaced by flood waters are Red Cross shelters," he says, adding the declaration will open more doors. "That will open up many of the same things going on for people displaced by the tornadoes. Rental assistance, short term housing, things of that nature."

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