Hurricane Florence: Chester, York county storm shelters opening; York Co. pet shelter rules released

York County emergency management gives vital information about Hurricane Florence preparations

York County emergency officials have issued guidelines York County residents should take during Hurricane Florence.
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York County emergency officials have issued guidelines York County residents should take during Hurricane Florence.

Emergency officials in York County are opening three emergency shelters at noon Friday as up to 15 inches of rain and flooding is possible from Hurricane Florence.

York County shelters will be at Boyd Hill Recreation Center, 1165 Constitution Ave., Rock Hill; Mount Holly United Methodist Church, 1996 Mount Holly Road (S.C. 901), Rock Hill; and Clover Baptist Church, 117 S. Main St., Clover.

People who go to shelters are urged to bring: medication, pillows, blankets, clothing and vital documents, said York County Emergency Management Director Chuck Haynes. Food will be provided at the shelters, Haynes said.

The shelters will be operated by American Red Cross volunteers, Haynes said. Haynes said opening shelters is “expensive and takes a lot of resources,” so anyone who wants to help can donate at redcross.org.

Designated pet shelters will house pets for residents, York County spokesperson Trish Startup said. These shelters are different from Red Cross and coordinated by the York County Animal Shelter, she said. Specific pet information will be released Friday morning.

Anyone who brings a pet to a shelter should have a marked pet carrier and leash, along with identification and vaccination materials for the animal, officials said.

York County Animal Control is providing temporary pet sheltering program beginning at noon Friday at the York County Animal Shelter, 713 Justice Blvd., York for pet owners who are temporary residents of the three York County Red Cross shelters.

To shelter a pet take the following to York County Animal Control: identification as a Red Cross Shelter resident; pets should wear a collar with owner and pet identification and a copy of the pet’s current vaccine history.

Pet owners are asked to bring a hard shelled travel crate or carrier to house their pet. Food should be clearly labeled with pet and owner’s name. Additional animal boarding resources can be found at York County Animal Shelter Facebook (@yorkcountyanimalshelter) page and York County Animal Control web page.

Chester County opened two shelters at 6 p.m. Thursday. Chester County shelters are at Lewisville Middle School in Richburg and Chester Middle School in Chester.

Tim and Judy Atkinson plan to ride out Hurricane Florence on their boat with their two dogs. The Herald’s Hannah Smoot spoke with the couple at Docks Holiday Marina in North Myrtle Beach on Sept. 13, 2018, ahead of the storm’s landfall.

Lancaster County will open a shelter at 2 p.m. Friday at Buford High School, officials said. Anyone going to the shelter is urged to bring necessary medications, pillows, bedding and other items specific to health needs.

Lancaster County residents who live in Indian Land and who want to use an evacuation shelter are asked to go to Ardrey Kell High School in southern Mecklenburg County, in the Ballantyne area, said Darren Player, emergency management director.

For more information on York County shelters, call 803-325-2400 or go to yorkcountygov.com.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, @AndrewDysHerald
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