Lamar Dixon Expo Center will open at 6 p.m. Thursday evening as a Red Cross shelter, according to the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

“We’ve been having calls from people asking for the shelter,” said Rhonda Murphy, a parish employee who was helping answer the phones.

A shelter was opened Wednesday night as well in response to flooding from recent rainfall, but nobody showed up. By Thursday afternoon, there was more interest.