Saturday, December 2, 2023

Both Hampton shelters are closed; The Newport News shelter will close Saturday

The cities of Newport News and Hampton opened multiple shelters to the public in response to Hurricane Florence earlier this week.

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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.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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