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Volunteers Provide Shelter for Rocky Mount Evacuees

Posted September 16, 1999

— Thousands of people in Rocky Mount have had to flee their homes due to rising flood waters. The Red Cross only had the resources to set up one shelter in Nash County. For people who had to flee the waters in the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount, volunteers set up a shelter of their own.

Blankets may not seem like much to get excited about, but hundreds of evacuees who had been sleeping on a hard gym floor were grateful this small comfort was delivered.

Parker Middle School was not intended to be a safe haven, but many of the evacuees from Rocky Mount could not reach the nearest shelter ten miles away in Nash County. So the school opened its doors and volunteers set up a makeshift shelter.

Because this is not an official shelter, there was no food, and at times there was no power or air conditioning. Friday, three days after many families arrived here, the Salvation Army showed up and delivered their first meal.

For many Rocky Mount residents, all they can do now is wait.

Water is beginning to recede in some areas, and some roads are being reopened, but there is still a tremendous amount of flooding and a number of areas without power.

Parker Middle School will remain open until everyone can leave. The Salvation Army will also begin providing three meals a day until the shelter is emptied.

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