Pitt Considering Shelters For Hyde Evacuees, Hotels Have Room

Governor Beverly Perdue says as of 11:30 a.m, 38 shelters remained housing more than 2,600 evacuees, down from a peak of more than 7,500 people in 81 shelters yesterday.

Several of those shelters are accommodating evacuees with pets and some shelters have been opened to help medically fragile people.

American Red Cross, North Carolina Baptist Men, Salvation Army and other volunteer groups have cooked more than 19,300 meals for evacuees and first responders.

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mergency managers say Pitt County is hosting many of the evacuees from Hyde County and could start opening shelters.

In the meantime, local hotels will be the place to stay until the storm passes.

Currently there are 2,000 rooms in and around Pitt County. Debbie Vargas, the executive director of the Greenville-Pitt County Convention and Visitor's Bureau says with the summer winding down and the public schools back in session, there are a lot of empty hotel rooms ready for evacuees.

Vargas say you can call their toll free number at 1-800-537-5564 if you need assistance finding a room in the Pitt County area.

We're told by emergency services that Pitt County is a host county for Hyde and managers met Wednesday to talk about what type of aid they may need to provide.

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