Red Cross continues with recovery, shelter assistance

POSTED: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 5:14pm

UPDATED: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 11:04pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: The American Red Cross has opened a new shelter location late this afternoon in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter, 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd.

The initial shelter in the region in Walker closed on Monday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m.; school is expected to resume there Tuesday. Two people stayed overnight Sunday.

Red Cross volunteers began assessing the impact, especially in southern Livingston Parish, including Port Vincent, French Settlement, Head of Isle and Maurepas. Many roads remain under water, preventing access to homes. In some locations, the water reaches just below the homes' entrances. Elsewhere, water is within homes.

ORIGINAL STORY: Throughout the storm the Red Cross has been ready to help people impacted by the floods.

So far only two people have used the shelter in Walker. It's at  the Freshman School on Burgess Road. It can hold up to 100 people. The Red Cross activated  the shelter after a request by Livingston Parish. The agency didn't have any requests for any other shelters in other parishes.

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