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Red Cross prepares Celtic Media Centre for flood victims from River Center

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Hundreds of flood victims staying at a shelter in downtown Baton Rouge will be moving to a new one. 

Officials with the Red Cross said the people staying at the Baton Rouge River Center will be transferred as the downtown shelter will be closing its doors Thursday. 

Red Cross workers were busy transforming stage five at Celtic Media Centre into a shelter for the flood victims. 

They brought in hundreds of cots and several dozen tables into the 27,000 square foot facility. They will also set up chairs and bathrooms around the building. 

Officials said people will begin moving in first thing Thursday morning. 

"It's a bit of a transition and it can be a little bit stressful for folks. We totally understand that and we're going to have our caseworkers on scene," said Patricia Kemp with the Red Cross. "We're going to have plenty of food to eat. We're going to have our crisis team available for anybody that needs any kind of emotional support so we're really going to be ready to open everybody with open arms and welcome them."

Officials said a little more than 350 people stayed at the River Center Tuesday night. 

RELATED: Red Cross to shut down River Center shelter by Sept. 15

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