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Residents at local Red Cross shelter starting to return home

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 6th, 2012

Those who have been displaced by Superstorm Sandy can rest their heads at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, now operating as a Red Cross shelter.

BUCKHANNON — As Upshur County has suffered the effects of superstorm Sandy, residents in need of shelter or a hot meal have been able to turn to the Red Cross shelter set up at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

Red Cross volunteers set up the shelter on Tuesday, Oct. 30, according to H. Samuel Murr Jr., the volunteer shelter manager.

Murr said the maximum population of residents had been 43 people.

By Friday the population had dropped to 29 residents and on Sunday 18 people were staying there.

“Beginning mid-day yesterday clients were going out and checking their homes and our population started to drop,” he said on Friday.

Residents’ ages have ranged from 10 months to 93 years old, according to Murr.

For the complete article see the 11-05-2012 issue.

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