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Purvis shelter will stay open after Isaac passes

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) -

Officials say the Lamar County Community Shelter, located off Highway 589 in Purvis, will remain open for residents, even after Hurricane Isaac passes through. 

"Once that 36-hour window (following Isaac) passes by, then we can turn it into a long term shelter if we need," said Office of Emergency Management Director James Smith, "If someone's home is damaged or something like that, that's when you'll typically see us break out the cots and make it a more comfortable environment."

From 10:00 am to about 7:45 pm on Tuesday, the 50 or so Purvis residents staying at the shelter either stayed in sleeping bags on the floor, or simply sat in the chairs provided by the shelter. At around 8:15 pm, Red Cross emergency services arrived with cots, food and water.

The low number of residents that occupied the center on Tuesday is something Smith expected. "We've had several calls, about over 100, of people wanting to take shelter, but just the conditions haven't got as bad as we expected yet," he said, 

"Of course, we look for it tomorrow to pick up some."

Hurricane Isaac is expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and possibly tornadoes, throughout much of Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. Stay tuned to 7 on Your Side for the latest.

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