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COCISD opens up its doors for evacuees

 

By Cassie Gregory

COCISD The Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISD Board of Trustees opened up the COCISD Jones Educational Complex to receive stranded motorists and community members who were forced to evacuate their homes due to severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27. School employees, volunteers and local churches rallied on short notice to provide hot meals and comfortable accommodations for those in need, when it was announced the campus would be open for evacuees by noon on Sunday. It quickly became apparent that quite a few people would benefit from the makeshift shelter. "People here are from Shepherd, Coldspring, Porter and Houston," said COCISD Special Services Director Shannon Wallace. "People traveling north were trapped when (US Hwy) 59 was shut down." Working in conjunction with the San Jacinto County Office of Emergency Management and other emergency services, transportation was provided by COCISD to bring rescued flood victims to the Jones campus. Over 100 stranded motorists and local evacuees received assistance, with almost 90 sheltering overnight at Jones. Donations were provided by community members and churches to help with needs. "Cowboy Church, Coldspring Methodist Church and Coldspring First Baptist Church were huge contributors," COCISD Director Stacy Pierson said. The Jones campus shelter will continue to be open to serve flood victims until the emergency has passed. Donations are welcome and may be dropped off at Jones between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

 

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