Monday, May 28 morning update: Shelter remaining open as heavier rains approach

The American Red Cross relief shelter at Polk County Middle School will remain open for local residents who have voluntarily evacuated in advance of heavy rains expected to soak the area in the next 48 hours.

Polk County Local Government officials said Monday morning that as much as five inches of rain may soak the area by Wednesday as storm bands from Subtropical Storm Alberto move through the region. Officials said thunderstorms and even tornadoes are possible.

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies have increased patrols in the evacuated areas. Areas recommended for evacuation include:

• Highway 176 from North Wall Road to 3910 Hwy 176
• Warrior Drive from Baker Drive to Meadowlark Drive
• Meadowlark Drive and Intersecting Roads
• Walcot Farm Lane
• Miller Mountain Road
• Rixhaven Subdivision
• Green River Cove Road
• Holbert Cove Road
• Page Farm Road
• Brokwood Acres Subdivision

The Polk County Senior Center is making space available for anyone without water and electricity to use shower and laundry facilities. Showers will be available Monday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., with laundry available from 8 a.m. until noon.