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UPDATE: This shelter is now closed. Those in need of shelter are encouraged to call 211.

ORIGINAL STORY:
Now that Hurricane Laura has made her way through northwest Louisiana, it’s time to begin the task of assessing the damage she left in her wake, checking on our friends and loved ones and getting things cleaned back up. While our area was extremely lucky not get hit harder than we were, there are still families in our area who no longer have a roof over their head... literally. Laura’s winds were powerful to say the least and caused many a tree to fall on both homes and power lines making it unsafe to stay in their residence.

Thankfully, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator made the following announcement for those in need of a place to rest their head this evening.

A shelter for local residents has been opened at Riverview Hall, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport.

The shelter can hold 160 people.

Those checking in should be prepared to present identification or driver's license. Residents should also bring all necessary medication.

The shelter is a joint effort between, The City of Shreveport, The Parish of Caddo, and the Caddo Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.