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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A shelter has been set up at the former Muldraugh Elementary School in Radcliff, Ky.
There are already more than 20 people inside. Organizers are setting up cots in the gym area. They also plan to feed the evacuees there.
Some of the evacuees say they got a knock at their door from authorities telling them to get out. They were told to pack a bag full of clothes for the next few days.
Officials don't know how long they will have to keep the shelter open. If the Muldraugh Elementary location fills up, they plan to open another shelter at Colvin Community Center.
The American Red Cross opened another shelter at Stuart Middle School on Valley Station Road in Louisville.
A "shelter in place" warning has been issued for a five-mile radius around the derailment site. Residents are told to stay in their homes with the doors and windows secured and ventilation turned off, but officials say there's no danger from the site.
Hundreds of people in West Point were asked to evacuate following Wednesday's explosion.
West Point's Mayor, Billy Ash, says there are about 900 people who live in the community.
Officials kept track of people who wouldn't leave their homes.
"We did take their name and addresses down and we have it documented that is something were to happen, or later on, then they had been notified that they needed to evacuate," says West Point Mayor Billy Ash.
CLAIMS CENTER TO OPEN THURSDAY
Paducah and Louisville Railway will open a claims center in Louisville Thursday for those displaced residents who seek reimbursement for lodging, food, lost work pay and travel expenses.
It will be open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily at VFW Post 1181, 6518 Blevins Gap Road. Workers ask residents to bring a photo ID and receipts. More information is available by calling 731-225-6808.
MAIL DELIVERY SUSPENDED IN AFFECTED AREAS
The postal service has suspended mail delivery in West Point, Ky., and closed the post office until the 1.2-mile evacuation order is lifted.
West Point residents may pick up their mail at the Muldraugh post office starting Thursday, a postal service news release said.
Since the evacuation order also includes parts of southwest Jefferson County, people who live in the following areas will not have mail delivered until the order is lifted:
6700 John Adams
1000, 11000 and 12000 Lower River Road...
...These residents may pick up their mail at the Pleasure Ridge Park post office on Greenwood Road.