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Don Rush

VIRGINA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city is opening a shelter for residents in the wake of flooding from excessive rain and wind-driven tides.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that southern portions of Virginia Beach have been impacted by flooding. The city has already closed some roads. And residents say water has begun to enter some structures.

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon says he want to create a policy that will help many of the homeless who find themselves sleeping outdoors and often trespassing on private property.

Gordon said he does not want to simply clear them out.

He suggested the options would include working with the county’s community services agencies to help find housing for the homeless.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there is no firm way to know how many people are homeless or living in camps.

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In Easton the Talbot Interfaith Shelter can use an old bed and breakfast on Goldsboro Street in Easton.

A judge says that the property that once housed Easton’s Promise bed and breakfast can be the site for taking care of the homeless.

Neighbors have raised questions about the year round shelter seeking to close it down after it was given permission last July to provide shelter to the homeless.

It now becomes the first full time shelter in Talbot County.

Previously the homeless were given shelter during the cold winter months at the various local churches.

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A homeless shelter has now officially opened in Easton on Goldsborough Street in a former bed and breakfast.

Jack Harrald, president of the Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s board of directors, says that the permanent shelter will help people get through the winter.  

There will be a room, a shower and laundry facilities as well as a person to help those interviewing for a job.

Right now, five people are staying at the shelter including a nine month old infant with room for ten more.

As the temperatures turn cold and snow hits the ground the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church in Easton is providing some overnight shelter for a handful of people.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is providing a warm bed, a hot meal, hot shower and even a few puzzles from 5 pm to 7 am.

But Board member Jack Harrald told WBOC there is one problem : Space.

He said that because of the fire code and the fact that they do not have a sprinkler system the shelter can only take five people.

It’s a first-come, first served situation.