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Okeechobee County opening shelters for Hurricane Isaias

Sandbags available Saturday
Posted at 9:29 PM, Jul 31, 2020

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — Okeechobee County officials said Friday night they are opening storm shelters ahead of Hurricane Isaias.

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A general population shelter and pet shelter will open Saturday at 4 p.m. at South Elementary School located at 2468 SW 7th Ave.

You are required to supply your county pet registration for your pets when entering the shelter. If you do not have a registration, pet registration is being offered for a fee of $5 upon arrival to the shelter.

The county said there is no other charge to bring your dogs or cats to this shelter. Please provide your animal crate and enough pet food and water for the pets.

A special needs shelter will also open Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Senior Service Building located at 1690 NW Ninth Ave. in Okeechobee.

Pre-registration is required. If you are not registered, call 863-824-6888 for further information on criteria needed on special needs admittance.

Officials said due to COVID-19, if you are already in a safe home, you are encouraged to stay home, go to family or friend’s house, and use the shelter as a last resort.

Sandbags Available

Sandbags will be available Saturday between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Road Department located at 804 NW Second Street.

Residents will be responsible for filling their own bags. There will be a 10 bag limit.

A county employee will be present to help bag for those individuals who are in need of assistance.