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Gates County to open storm shelter

GATESVILLE – The Gates County Emergency Operations Center has announced the opening of a shelter at Gates County High School (88 US Hwy 158, Gatesville) at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Residents who anticipate evacuating to a shelter should gather their personal items to include identification, food, water, bedding, medication, comfort and personal hygiene items, infant supplies (formula, bottles, disposable diapers and pacifier), and important personal documents. Items that will not be allowed at the shelter include alcoholic beverages and weapons of any type.

Gates County High School is designated as a pet friendly shelter. Those seeking shelter at this location will be able to bring their pets; however, you will not get to stay with your pet. There will be a designated location where the pets will be housed. If bringing a pet you are responsible for providing shot records, food, bedding and a kennel. No animals will be allowed unless kenneled.

Gates County officials encourage residents to take all precautionary measures possible, especially if in a flood prone area or substandard housing. Please continue to monitor radio, television and social media for further updates.