YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School has been opened as a shelter for those in the surrounding areas who are in need.
The school was originally opened by the town Saturday night and on Sunday was turned into a full shelter by the Red Cross.
Carole Ann Sherwin, who is a spokesperson for the Red Cross, was at the scene of the shelter Sunday. She said the town had been working effectively in conjunction with the Red Cross and the Lakeland School District to organize the relief efforts at the shelter.
Nearly 80 residents of the assisted living facility Country Home were evacuated from the center early Sunday afternoon and many residents were seen filling up the cafeteria room of the shelter for food and warmth.
"The town has really been great in working together with us and the school district," Sherwin said. "It seems like now we're definitely going to need to help people overnight since it's so cold, so we're preparing for that now. We will be here all night."
Sherwin said the facility was going to be able to hold 140 cots for anyone who needed to stay there.
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