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First evacuees arrive at Mississippi Coliseum

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Coliseum is open as a shelter for those evacuating ahead of tropical storm Isaac. Currently there are 31 people in the shelter, which can hold 700.

Most of those staying are from New Orleans.

The Russell family arrived early Tuesday, with family members who are infants, all the way up into their senior years.

"As long as they let me stay here I'm planning on being here," said Walter Russell.

The American Red Cross is managing the shelter, providing three meals a day and activities for children.

The fairgrounds are also able to house horses and cattle for evacuees.

The Department of Human Services is also on hand, providing counseling and other assistance.

At Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, another shelter is housing over 40 evacuees from a church congregation in Pascagoula, and other coastal areas.

Pastor Ricardo Fuentez of Juvenil Solo Jesus Salva says, "We were there for Katrina, and we don't want to have that experience any more.  We lost everything."


If you would like to donate to the Morrison Heights shelter, they are asking for non-perishable items, water, and drinks.  All items can be dropped off at the church at 201 Morrison Drive in Clinton.  The shelter is open 24-hours a day.

Special Needs Shelter
Hudspeth Center, Pearl
Contact: Pam Sasser

*Doctors, nurses social workers on site.  (40 bed capacity)


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