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American Red Cross Closes Emergency Shelter in Hazelwood

The agency reports use has dwindled since power was restored following Wednesday's tornado.

The American Red Cross shelter at Hazelwood Civic Center-East that was set up after the Wednesday's tornado is officially closing.

As of Monday night, the American Red Cross of the Greater St. Louis Region cut the lights off and packed up after providing emergency shelter to 34 people since Wednesday's natural disaster. Its on-going food service will end tonight as well.

"Since Wednesday night, the Red Cross has provided more than 850 meals and more than 1700 snacks to affected residents, volunteers and first responders," Denise Nazzaro, an American Red Cross spokeswoman, wrote in an email to Patch.

The City of Hazelwood sites a dwindling number of participants as the cause. Ameren Missouri completed restoring power to area residents Saturday morning, which enabled many to go back home.

If a need is discovered for additional food service, the Red Cross plans to provide a mobile food van to distribute food to residents the tornado impacted, according to the city.

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