Shelters close after Irma moves through Florida, Georgia

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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 15, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The last remaining Red Cross shelter in Tallahassee following Hurricane Irma moving through the area has now closed.

Northwoods Baptist Church closed on Friday morning.

Red Cross Executive Director Sharon Tyler says there were about 20 people staying at the shelter on Thursday night.

Most families are headed back home today, but we're told three families are staying at homeless shelters or hotels in Tallahassee.

Tyler says the Red Cross shelter in Suwannee County remains open.

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Shelters around Leon County that were opened ahead of Hurricane Irma are now closing.

Leon County is now working with the Red Cross to consolidate its shelters and move storm evacuees to one remaining site.

Shelters that have been open at Leon County schools will be closed as of noon Tuesday. Those schools are now being cleaned so students can return on Thursday.

The following shelters are now closed:

• Rickards High School, 3013 Jim Lee Rd, Pet accessible
• Lincoln High School, 3838 Trojan Trail
• SAIL High School, 2006 Jackson Bluff Rd
• Woodville Elementary, 9373 Woodville Hwy
• Canopy Oaks Elementary School, 3250 Point View Dr
• Lawton Chiles High School, 7200 Lawton Chiles Ln.
• Oak Ridge Elementary School, 4530 Shelfer Rd.
• Leon High, 550 E. Tennessee Street.
• Ft. Braden Elementary School, 15100 Blountstown Hwy.
• Nims Middle School, 723 W Orange Ave.

Leon County spokesman Matt Cavell says evacuees – both local and those from South Florida – can find shelter at Northwoods Baptist Church at 3762 Capital Circle NW.

Cavell says there is room for up to 200 evacuees at each of those sites.

Cavell says Florida High will also remain open as a special needs shelter for now.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- As Hurricane Irma tracks closer and closer to the Big Bend, shelters are now open in North Florida and South Georgia for residents fleeing from the storm.

Below is the latest information for shelters in the WCTV viewing area, in alphabetical order:


Columbia County

South Columbia-Ft. White Community Center
7579 SW State Road 47
Fort White, FL 32038
*Special Needs ONLY Shelter*

Richardson Community Center
255 NE Coach Anders Lane
Lake City, FL 32055

Westside Elementary School
1956 Co Rd 252B
Lake City, FL 32024

Ft. White High School
17828 FL-47
Fort White, FL 32038

Winfield Community Center
1324 N W Winfield St
Lake City, FL 32055

Gadsden County

Gadsden County High School
27001 Blue Star Memorial Highway
Havana, FL 32333
Opening Sunday 8:00 a.m.
*Special Needs Shelter*

Havana Middle School
1210 Kemp Rd
Havana, FL 32333

West Gadsden Middle School
200 Providence Rd
Quincy, FL 32351

***All male sex offender's that are on active supervision living in Gadsden County, if they elect to evacuate, will be required to report to the Gadsden County Annex Prison.

All female sex offenders on active supervision living in Gadsden County, if they elect to evacuate, will be required to report to the Gadsden Correctional Facility in Gretna.

If the sex offender or sexual predator is not currently being supervised by the Department of Corrections, the Department of Corrections will not be responsible for those offenders. Sexual Predator not being supervised by DOC, should not be allowed where children congregate I.E. shelters FOR YOUR PROTECTION, LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE AT EACH SHELTER LOCATION.***

Lafayette County

New Hope Baptist Church
1370 FL-51, Mayo FL 32066

Lafayette High School
160 NE Hornet Drive
Mayo, FL 32066

Suwannee Intermediate School
1419 Walker Ave SW
Live Oak, FL 32064
*Special Needs Shelter*

Leon County

Chiles High School
7200 Lawton Chiles Lane

Canopy Oaks Elementary School
3250 Point View Drive

Florida High School
3000 School House Road
*Special Needs ONLY Shelter*
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

Fort Braden Elementary School
15100 Blountstown Hwy
Tallahassee, FL 32310
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

Leon High School
550 E. Tennessee Street
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

Lincoln High School
3838 Trojan Trail
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

Oak Ridge Elementary School
4530 Shelfer Road

R. Frank Nims Middle School
723 W Orange Ave
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

Rickards High School
3013 Jim Lee Road
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

S.A.I.L. High School
2006 Jackson Bluff Road
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

Woodville Elementary School
9373 Woodville Hwy,
Tallahassee, FL 32305
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

Jefferson County

Jefferson County High School
50 David Road
Monticello, FL 32344

Liberty County

W.R. Tolar K-8 School
14745 Hwy 12 S
Bristol, FL 32321

Suwannee County

Suwannee Primary School
1625 Walker Ave SW
Live Oak, FL
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

Suwannee Intermediate School
1419 Walker Avenue
Live Oak, FL
*Special Needs Shelter*

Suwannee Elementary School
1748 Ohio Ave S,
Live Oak, FL

Branford Elementary School
26801 SR 247
Branford, FL

Branford First Baptist Church - Family Life Center
607 Suwannee Ave
Branford, FL

Beachville Advent Chrisan
Church, 24815 CR 49
Branford, FL

CLOSED - Suwannee County Coliseum
This shelter has been closed and evacuees are being relocated to Suwannee Primary School

Taylor County

Taylor County Elementary School
1600 Green Street
Perry, FL 32347
*Pet Friendly Shelter*

Taylor County High School
900 Johnson Stripling Road
Perry, FL 32347

Steinhatchee Elementary School
1209 1st Ave SE
Steinhatchee, FL 32359

Wakulla County

Crawfordville Elementary School
379 Arran Road
Crawfordville, FL 32327


The following is a list of shelters accepting evacuees from Hurricane Irma, in alphabetical order:

Albany Civic Center
100 W Oglethorpe Blvd

East Albany Church of God
216 Pinebluff Road

First Baptist Church of Albany
145 Oakland Parkway

Albany Family Worship Center
3024 Kensington Ct

Westside High (1st group of CTN from Chatham)
1002 Patriots Way

Trinity on the Hill
1330 Monte Sano Ave

Liberty Square Church in Cartersville
2001 Liberty Square Dr NE

Columbus Civic Center
400 4th Street

Blackshear Trail Elementary School
1001 Blackshear Road

First Baptist Church of Cuthbert
567 College St

Dublin High School
1127 Hillcrest Pky

East Laurens High School
920 Hwy 80 E East Dublin

Brooks (East Macon) Recreation Center
3326 Ocmulgee E Blvd

North Macon Park Community Center
815 N Macon Park Dr

Frank Johnson Recreation Center
2227 Mercer University Drive

First Baptist Church Thomasville
210 N Broad St
Thomasville, GA 31792

New Covenant Church - Red Cross Shelter
48 Patterson Still Spur E
Thomasville, GA 31757

Abraham Baldwin College
2802 Moore Highway

Crosspointe Church
4100 North Valdosta Road

Eastern Heights Baptist Church
2399 New Statenville Hwy

First Baptist Church
200 West Central Ave

First United Methodist Church
109 West Valley St
*Some pet space*

Mathis Auditorium
2300 North Ashley St

Park Avenue United Methodist Church
100 East Park Ave

Redland Baptist Church
4888 Rocky Ford Rd

Waycross High School
700 Victory Drive