Montgomery County Shelters Open Sunday

The American Red Cross is ready to open a dozen shelters throughout southeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday.

If you live in a low-lying area and are concerned about flooding, you may want to consider evacuating before Hurricane Sandy makes her way here. 

In Montgomery County, the following American Red Cross shelters are slated to open on Sunday:

  • Cheltenham High School, 500 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote 19095 (Opens Sunday at 7 p.m.)
  • Pottstown High School, 750 North Washington St., Pottstown 19464 (Opens Sunday 7 p.m.) 
  • Norristown High School, 1900 Eagle Dr., Norristown 19403 (Opens Sunday 7 p.m.)

In Horsham, officials are on standby through Sunday night, according to Gary Bissig, the township's emergency management deputy coordinator. In the event that a "significant number of water rescues" come in, Bissig said the Horsham Township Community Center (1025 Horsham Road) would be opened and serve as a warming center for those displaced until they could be transferred to one of the American Red Cross shelters. 

Bissig said he and other Horsham emergency management personnel will be meeting Monday morning to assess the situation. The plan is to officially open the community center following that meeting, he said. 

In Hatboro emergency management officials are slated to meet Monday morning to determine which of the borough's churches or schools could be used as a reception center, according to Borough Manager Fred Zollers, who also serves as emergency management coordinator. 

Zollers said Sunday that residents of the flood-prone Woodwinds condominium complex as well as a few other houses, were asked to voluntarily evacuate and let borough officials know they were leaving, he said. 


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