The cities of Newport News and Hampton opened multiple shelters to the public in response to Hurricane Florence earlier this week.
Newport News opened three shelters: Menchville High School, Warwick High School and Denbigh High School. Menchville was used for the “medically dependent” and the general public, Warwick was used for the residents with pets and the general public and Denbigh was for overflow only.
Because of ‘low usage’ all three of the city shelters are now closed. Warwick, the last city-run shelter, closed Thursday afternoon.
Christopher Newport University, a shelter location managed by the state, will remain open through Saturday. The shelter is open to the general public, residents with pets will have their animals moved to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter. As of Friday, 47 people are staying at the shelter.
Hampton opened two shelters: Phenix School and Bethel High School. Phenix was used for the “medically dependent” and the general public. Bethel was used for the general public and residents with pets.
The shelters closed Friday afternoon.