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Red Cross: Number of shelters now eight

Gus Friedl, left, 87, of Brentwood, is assisted

Gus Friedl, left, 87, of Brentwood, is assisted with packing a box of food rations by a volunteer with the American Red Cross at a food distribution site set up for victims of Superstorm Sandy in front of the H. Lee Dennison building in Hauppauge. (Nov. 1, 2012) Credit: Daniel Brennan

As people returned to their homes or made other arrangements, the Red Cross reduced the number of shelters it had open from 17 to eight, said Craig Cooper, national spokesman at the American Red Cross on Long Island.

Still, as the weather turned colder Wednesday, shelters saw a small uptick in the number of people coming in because they have no power or heat at home, he said.

Shelters were housing just under 2,000 people Monday night as the storm hit, with that figure dropping to around 1,400 Thursday, he said.

The largest shelter is located at Nassau Community College, he said, which has been housing, among others, those evacuated from Long Beach, Island Park and areas along barrier beaches, he said.

Shelters that are still open are:

Eastport/South Manor High School, 543 Moriches-Middle Island Road, Manorville

Robert Frost Middle School, 450 Half Hollow Rd., Deer Park

Sachem East High School, 177 Granny Rd., Farmingville

Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Rd., South Huntington

Manhasset High School, 200 Memorial Pl., Manhasset

Nassau Community College, Building P, Garden City East

Farmingdale High School, 15 Lincoln St., Farmingdale

Gerald Claps Center, (former Levittown Memorial High School), 150 Abbey Lane, Levittown

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