Forrest and Lamar shelters to remain open for now

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Despite not having anyone using them, the Forrest and Lamar County Emergency Shelters will remain open at least for the time being.

At their peaks 56 people were staying at the Forrest County Shelter and 18 were at the Lamar County Shelter in Purvis.

Both shelters are still staffed with volunteers. Red Cross officials say the possibility of rain and storms later in the week has prompted them to keep the shelters open.

The Red Cross continues to be a presence in the affected areas offering a variety of relief services.

"We're offering disaster relief services. We're offering mental health and health services. We're doing client case work.We're staffing our Disaster Recovery Centers, and we're helping people register with FEMA," said Cheryl Kocurek, Asst. Dir.  Direct Services for the operation.

Donations can be made to the Red Cross by texting 90999 or by going to their web site at

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