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Red Cross Set Up Emergency Shelters in Walla Walla

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WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- The wind storm left close to 60% of people without power. Many of them evacuated to an emergency shelter set up by the local Red Cross Friday night.

Red Cross officials say without electricity most people have not been able to cook a meal and others are just trying to find a place to stay warm and away from the winds. On Saturday everyone safely returned back to their homes from the shelter in Walla Walla.

But the work for the red cross isn't over yet.

"We're making preparations to take some food out to an apartment complex here in town that houses about 150 residents and so as we find out about them we're going to try to get food out to them," said Terry Hackney, with the Red Cross in Walla Walla.

The Red Cross is also helping residents in Milton Freewater. They have set up another warming shelter and information center for anyone who might need assistance.

The shelter is located at 505 Ward Street. Snacks and coffee will be available there and the shelter will not be available overnight unless there is a need for it. Also no pets are allowed inside due to public health regulations.

Citizens needing assistance can call Umatilla County at 541-966-3651.