Some seek shelter from storm at Southpoint
Posted February 12
Updated February 13
Drivers who found themselves trapped for hours in traffic on snow-covered Triangle roadways had several options for shelter and warmth.
In Durham, the Streets of Southpoint mall stayed open as snow and freezing rain fell, and several travelers sought refuge there for the night, a security guard said.
Elsewhere, shelters opened to provide a warm option for resident who lost power or were otherwise unable to weather the winter storm in their homes.
Volunteers said anyone planning to go to a shelter should make sure to bring essential items, including identification; presciptions and special needs items for children and elderly family members; extra clothes, pillows, blankets and hygiene supplies; and foods that meet dietary restrictions.
The following is a list available shelters by county:
Fayetteville – Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Ave. Call 433-1571.
The Streets of Southpoint has opened it’s doors to take in people stuck on Interstate 40. Drivers can stay inside the mall as long as is necessary, a spokesman said.
Rocky Mount – Englewood Baptist Church, 1350 S. Winstead Ave. Shelter opens at 3 p.m.
Louisburg - Franklin County Senior Center, 127 Shannon Village. Shelter opens at 5 p.m. There is limited space at the Franklin County Animal Shelter for pets.
Gospel Tabernacle Church - 2105 W. Cumberland St., Dunn
Benson – West Johnston High School, 5935 Raleigh Road.
Aberdeen – Southern Middle School, 515 Johnson St. Most pets allowed.
A phone bank number has been established at 919-245-6111. Volunteers are available to answer questions about power outages and shelter locations. No shelters are open at this time.
Apex – United Methodist Church, 100 S. Hughes St. Shelter opens at 4 p.m.
Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane in Knightdale
Garner – Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive. Shelter opens at 4 p.m.
Raleigh -- to check road conditions, call the non-emergency number for city services: 919-996-2999