Shelters open throughout south Georgia, some at capacity in Lowndes

| October 7, 2016


LOWNDES Co. (WCTV Eyewitness News) – Shelters are opening across South Georgia for people fleeing Matthew.

The American Red Cross chapter in South Georgia says seven shelters opened starting Wednesday evening. One of those shelters is in Lowndes County at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, which is now at capacity. A second shelter is now has been opened at Cross Pointe Church, 110 Northside Drive, Valdosta.

The shelter provides food, water, and a cot.

They say important things such as medication, extra clothing, and hygiene products need to be brought with you.

Park Avenue’s shelter can only hold up to 200 people, but they say shelters are multiplying across the state.

“In the state of Georgia, I don’t think there has been this many shelters open at one time in many years,” says Terri Jenkins with the Red Cross in Valdosta.

She’s been the director for nearly eight years and says it’s never happened.

Besides shelters operated by the Red Cross, many churches are also providing shelter.

The pet-friendly shelter at First United Methodist Church of Valdosta is also now full (Not a Red Cross shelter).

Red Cross shelters do not allow animals.

Red Cross Shelters:
Bibb County
Hephzibah Children’s Home
6601 Zebulon Rd.
Macon, GA 31220

Colquitt County
First Baptist Church 400 Main St.
Moultrie, GA 31768

Emanuel County
Swainsboro Rec. Dept. 632 McLeod Bridge Rd.
Swainsboro, GA 30401

Lowndes County
Park Avenue Methodist Church
100 E. Park Ave.
Valdosta, GA 31602

Peach County
Peach County Fire Station 6
1770 U S Hwy. 341
Fort Valley, GA 31030

Richmond County
Trinity on the Hill
United Methodist Church 1330 Monte Sano Ave.
Augusta, GA 30904

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