Convocation Center Largest Shelter in Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- In Jonesboro, the largest venue in town is now the largest shelter in Region 8.  In an effort to have a focal point of service for the public, the shelters at St. Bernard's Auditorium and the Eagles Lodge are closed.  Now the Convocation Center is the temporary home to several hundred people who are trying to make the best out of the situation.

"It's a lot better.  It feels a lot better.  We've got food to eat.  We don't have showers or anything but it's a place to stay," said Angela Mckillion.

McKillon and her family started their shelter stay at the St. Bernards Auditorium on Wednesday and on Thursday made the move with about a hundred others to the Convocation Center.  There are going to be anywhere from 200 to 300 people staying at the shelter on Thursday night and there could be more in the coming days.

"A lot of Craighead County's been effected and the shelters are just expecting more and more people as people try to go longer and longer without power," said Jonesboro Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Stephen McDaniel.

As we continue to endure this ice storm with hundreds in shelters across Region 8, residents are encouraged to be patient.

"Try to find something to do.  Play cards or games or things like that.  Watch TV and just things to pass the time just be patient," said McDaniel.

For McKillion and her family, they plan on staying at the shelter until the power is back on.

"Until we hear something about the power coming back on so I guess whenever they get back on hopefully not too long," said McKillion.

Like everyone else they are ready for the lights to come back on, but until that happens officials say the shelter doors will stay open.

They need things like feminine products,