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Hendry County residents under voluntary evacuations fill shelter

Posted at 6:57 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 06:23:44-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Voluntary evacuation are underway in Hendry County. People are seeking shelter in Clewiston High School as they wait for the storm.

Families in Clewiston checked in for what they know could be a long night of uncertainty.

”It is scary. That’s why I am here,” said evacuee Carlos Hernandez.

The school gym already had 65 people checked in by 4 p.m. The school’s principal, Roberto Sanchez, has now become the emergency shelter director. Some of his own students are now camped out on the gym floor.

“They have been coming in slowly. They are concerned about possible winds. A lot of our residents here today live in mobile homes,” said Sanchez.

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Each person gets a 20 foot space in the gym. But not much else. They are asking people to come with their own blankets and supplies.

“We encourage them to bring three days of food and water with them,” said Sanchez.

But with the chance of flooding no one is sure how long long they will need to be here.

“I think it will be for tonight and tomorrow. I don’t know,” said Hernandez.

People with questions about the shelters available can call the United Way hotline at 211.

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