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Muskogee Red Cross shelter closes Monday, heads to Wagoner County cooling station

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 13:01:48-04

The Red Cross shelter set up at the Muskogee Civic Center following last week's storms closed to head to Wagoner County.

According to a spokesperson with the Muskogee Civic Center, the venue gave the Red Cross until noon Monday to leave because of a previously scheduled event.

The event is a veterans job fair hosted by the Oklahoma Military Connection.

The fair is Thursday, but the civic center says it needs Tuesday and Wednesday to clean up the venue and allow vendors to set up their tables and displays.

As of noon Monday, just Jessie Williams and her two young sons remained at the shelter.

"My friend brought me here, and I appreciate what they've been giving me," she said. "They gave us food, drinks and a bed to sleep in."

The shelter, which opened Friday, served 25-30 people, according to volunteer Iris AL Cole Thomas Slade.

Slade called the four days in the shelter a joyous experience.

"The people were down to earth. We didn't have any problems. We didn't have to call the police or anything. We had a couple of students that -- they just left yesterday. We had to adopt those," she said.

Volunteers say despite having to leave the shelter Monday, they're working with the Salvation Army to find the Williams family a place to stay until their electricity returns. If all else fails, the Red Cross will get the family a hotel room.

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