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THIS INFORMATION FROM A NEWS RELEASE SENT TO THE WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 NEWSROOM

WILMINGTON, NC — The Red Cross has closed some of the evacuation shelters opened yesterday for Hurricane Irene. All residents staying at these shelters have safely returned to their homes.

The following shelters have closed:

BRUNSWICK COUNTY – All shelters closed
·North Brunswick High School
·West Brunswick High School
·South Brunswick High School

NEW HANOVER COUNTY
·Noble Middle School – closed

PENDER COUNTY
·Malpass Corner Elementary School – closed
·Topsail Elementary – closed

COLUMBUS COUNTY – All shelters closed
·East Columbus High
·Edgewood Elementary
·Guideway Elementary

The following shelters remain open until further notice:

NEW HANOVER COUNTY
·Dorothy B Johnson Elementary School – 1100 McRae St. Wilmington, NC 28401

PENDER COUNTY
·Burgaw Middle School – 500 South Wright Street, Burgaw, NC 28425 (pet-friendly shelter- dogs and cats only, owners must stay at the shelter with their animals, please bring pet’s food)

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