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Officials: Homeless shelters packed after flooding

August 13, 2014
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Officials say heavy rain that prompted widespread flooding in the Detroit area led to homeless shelters being packed with people seeking a dry place to stay.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/ViEvvU ) shelter officials suspect many came from makeshift shelters under freeway overpasses and city streets that were flooded by Monday's rains.

Chad Audi, president of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, says about 90 men sought beds at two facilities, above the 77-person capacity. An additional 65 women and children sought a place to sleep at the mission's women's shelter, more than usual.

Lewis Hickson, operations manager for the Neighborhood Service Organization's Tumaini Center in Detroit, says it filled beyond its 120-person capacity. Hickson says 150 were at the center, with some sleeping in hallways. He says they arrived "soaking wet."

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

 
 

 

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