Red Cross shelter in Millington closes

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MILLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - Dozens of evacuees left homeless after flooding in Millington are looking for a new place to stay after a Red Cross shelter closed its doors.  For nearly a week, evacuees have been taking shelter at the First Baptist Church in Millington.  

"We have snakes in our home, so we will not be returning home, so we are actually, physically, homeless right now," Felicia Bryant said.

Even those who weren't spending the night relied on regular meals and much needed supplies.  But Friday, the Red Cross shut down the shelter.  Evacuees ate their last meal at the shelter at noon.

"It's great to stay here, but it's time to move on to a smaller facility," said Gene Franks of the American Red Cross.

Storm victims who still have nowhere to go will be able to relocate to the Millington Naval Base, but for one evacuee, a shelter anywhere is no longer an option.

When flood waters destroyed Richard Sears' Millington housing authority duplex, he sought shelter at the church.  Meanwhile, his disabled brother Randy had to relocate to The MED.   

"He has a trachea and several other issues that require some privacy, and it just cannot happen in a shelter," Sears said.

Sears said his home has since been deemed unlivable - a similar story for many.

The waters may have receded, the need for shelter steadily decreasing.  But for some, as each day goes by, life is in Millington is getting worse, instead of better.  

The new shelter facility is located at NSA Mid-South Building M82, on the Millington Naval Base off Navy Road.

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