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New Shelter Openings, Ride Service Aim To Help People In Miami Evacuate

Monique O. Maddan
Miami Herald
The scene at the Tamiami Park evacuation shelter on Friday.

At a shelter in Miami Edison High School on Friday night, Miami's city commissioner Francis Suarez said a new round of shelter openings — including Miami Northwestern High School and Shenandoah Middle School — will help Overtown residents.

Previously, Overtown residents had received mixed messages about whether or not the Booker T. Washington High School would be used as an evacuation shelter. 

And, Suarez says, the ride-sharing company Lyft has given $10,000 to help low-income people throughout the city of Miami evacuate.

"People have a real hard time traveling, getting around. And so we are asking people to call," he said, "and we will literally pick them up and take them where they need to go."

The number to call to use this service for evacuation is 305-992-3342, and will be active on Saturday morning. Suarez says rides will  be free, and pickups will only be available for a limited time, before the wind gets too strong to drive. WLRN has reached out to Lyft for more information, and will update this if if we hear back.

Read more: Preparing For A Hurricane Without Enough Money In Miami-Dade