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Suwannee County closing storm shelters post-Elsa

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Posted at 1:59 PM, Jul 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-07 16:18:30-04

SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office is in the process of ending sheltering operations.

SCSO says the Florida Department of Health has shut down the medically special needs shelter at Suwannee Springcrest Elementary School.

The general population shelter at Suwannee Pineview Elementary School will close at 9 p.m. "since there are currently no evacuees there."

The general population shelter at Branford Elementary School will remain open overnight and SCSO plans to close it at 8 a.m. Thursday.

The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office announced the opening of three shelters ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa.

There are currently no mandatory evacuations.

General Population Shelters:
Suwannee Pineview Elementary School (pet friendly)
1748 Ohio Ave S, Live Oak, FL 32064

Branford Elementary School
26801 SR 247, Branford, FL 32008

Special Medical Needs (staffed by the Florida Department of Health):
Suwannee Springcrest Elementary School
1419 Walker Ave SW, Live Oak, FL 32064

SCSO says the general population shelters should be considered shelters of last resort, meaning they will have limited comfort items.

No cots or hot meals will be provided; however, MREs, snacks and water will be available.

These shelters are meant to be a place to safely ride out the storm. Please bring any comfort items you need with you to the shelter.

If you have any questions or concerns contact the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management at 386-364-3405.