Warming shelters still open across Lowcountry
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Shelters around the Lowcountry opened up in the face of cold temperatures moving into the Lowcountry.
An Ice Storm Warning was in effect from 12 a.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Thursday for inland Berkeley, inland Colleton, and Dorchester counties and as much as a half inch of ice may accumulate.
Many of these warming centers are courtesy of the venues teaming up with Trident United Way. Dial 2-1-1 or 744-4357 for more information and access to more community resources. Others are thanks to the American Red Cross.
Crisis Ministries reached capacity Thursday after guests from Palmetto House in Summerville had to be relocated due to a power outage. The shelter has since regained power and volunteers from several churches helped get the women and children back safely to Summerville. Both shelters are now available.
Colleton County Middle School at 1379 Tuskegee Airmen Dr. in Walterboro will be open as a warming center. As of Sunday, Feb. 16 there were 14 guests.
St. Stephen Elementary School served as a warming shelter but Red Cross Regional Communications Specialist Lisa Quick confirmed that guests were being relocated. The new location is Russellville Christian Church at 1681 Highway 35 in Saint Stephen.
The Red Cross and Southern Baptist Church continue to provide hot meals for those without power in Cross and St. Stephen.
Those meals will be served at Noon and 6 p.m. in Georgetown at the following locations.
- Ringle Heights Baptist Church, 78 Ruben Ave.
- Northeast Regional Recreation Center, 8189 Choppee Road
- Sandpit Park, 495 Powell Road
Antioch Community Ministries had opened a small warming center but as of Monday Feb 17 they were at capacity. Call 875-2518 for more information.
Palmetto House at 107 Elks Lodge Ln. is open to women and children. No men are admitted into the shelter.
Community Resource Center located at 116 West 2nd North Street in Summerville is open as a warming shelter. They have sandwiches and snacks available for people and are open 24 hours.
If you know of other shelters being offered locally, let us know by calling 843-849-3575 or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Red Cross officials, a total of 419 adults and children stayed in 19 Red Cross shelters Thursday night across the Palmetto SC Region.
People can find a shelter near them by downloading the free shelter app at www.redcross.org/mobileapps or on iTunes. The app is updated every 30 minutes when a shelter is open. People can also visit http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter.