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Charleston Co. officials urge people to seek warming shelters

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

With temperatures dropping around freezing Wednesday night officials with Charleston County are urging folks to get to warming shelters.

Wednesday morning Charleston County and City council members, along with the Sheriff's Office, held a news conference to get the word out about their shelter off Leeds Avenue.

It's the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Work Camp Facility located near the Detention Center (3841 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston).

The number of people going to the shelter has fluctuated in the past, Tuesday night they saw around 36.

The building can hold up to nearly 100 people.

Officials said there are several services available at the location including food and bedding.

"We [also] have medical services,” said Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey. “I believe we bring the medical facility over from the jail so they come help. It's also a situation where we aren't in here looking for running warrants and running people's ids. It's a friendly environment to get people out of harms way."

Officials are asking community organizations to work together to get as many people inside during this colder weather.

"This is a viable option when the weather gets bad,” Summey said. “It isn't a permanent option or a permanent solution by any means, this isn't set up for that, but when times get hard, and the weather gets bad, this is a good option for those other organization to send some folks our way."

CARTA is also offering free rides to this shelter.

If it's after 8:00 p.m., supervisors will still be available to drive people over.

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