Shelters House People Displaced in Storm

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

WOODSTOCK -- The northern Valley was hit the hardest in our region. There were lots of flooding and power outages in Shenandoah County, which forced some people to find an emergency shelter. One of the shelters was at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School.

As of this morning, 28 people had checked into the emergency shelter there. Most of the people who came experienced flooding in their houses or had their power go out.

There was another shelter in Winchester, but no one ever came there and it closed this morning.

People slept on cots. Staffers from the Red Cross and Department of Social Services were there to make sure everyone was safe from the storm. "We always teach people to prepare, and be ready for this. We do this for the well-being of people, to shelter them, and make sure they're warm," said Lorrie Rhoton, the program manager for the Red Cross.

At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, there were still 16 people here at the emergency shelter. The Red Cross says it will remain open until there is no longer a need.

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