Severe weather shelters go up to protect local residents Wednesday


East Alabama and west Georgia communities are setting up severe weather shelter to prepare for severe weather expected Wednesday.

Lee County EMA Director Donny Smith says there will be a shelter open at the Southern Union State Community College Opelika campus starting at 7 a.m. He says anyone who plans to use the shelter will need to bring their own food and bedding.

Smith says no Lee County shelters are confirmed pet friendly at this time. He says there will not be a shelter open in Chambers County.

Green Hall on Auburn University’s campus will be open to evacuating residents. Providence Baptist Church at 2807 Lee Road in Opelika says its shelter has been open since Tuesday night. The church says evacuees may bring their own bedding and food, but pets are not allowed.

The Fort Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department at 868 Alabama State Route 165 opens itself to residents starting at 5 a.m. Wednesday. Eufaula residents tell News 3 Sardis Free Will Baptist Church on Clayton Highway also has an open shelter.

In west Georgia, the Life Point Church at 384 Americus Friendship Rd. in Sumter County will open to residents in need at 7 a.m. Muscogee County residents, the Valley Rescue Mission in Columbus says its shelter for men on 2nd Avenue will stay open for extended hours Wednesday until the severe weather passes.

Safe House Ministries on Hamilton Road says it will be open for its usual hours from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., but does not plan to open an overnight shelter.

The Red Cross of Western Georgia says it will not set up official shelters unless the state demands a need.

News 3 is working to confirm additional shelter locations.

This is a developing story. Stay with WRBL News 3 for updates.

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