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Shelters open to keep East Texans warm and safe

Stacey Spivey
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 6:50pm

Because of the winter power lines are down, and neighborhoods are without power, and people are left trying to find a warm place. Thankfully, some East Texans are opening their doors to those in need.

Places are teaming up with the Red Cross, like St. Louis Baptist Church in Tyler, to provide a warm place to snack and wait for the power to turn back on. "The weather is kind of treacherous out there for East Texas, and we'll be open until hopefully this can be resolved," said Charles Williams. Williams is a Red Cross volunteer and the shelter manager at St. Louis Baptist Church. "We open, try to provide the needs for the community when they arise," said Williams, and if the powers out for people they can "have a place that they can come, here, and get warm and have a snack or two, a little bit of food, some warm drinks, and a comfortable place to sit and wait." The church life center will act a shelter for anyone in need.  Red Cross is also sending cots and food to these volunteer fire departments. DPS tells KETK volunteer fire departments, such as Red Springs and Lindale, are also opening up as shelters to people that are stranded on I20, and to those without electricity.

The Salvation Army is prepared to take in more people. They have brought in extra cots, towels, and toiletries. "Usually in these times is when we are most expectant of having additional people at our lodge," said Chantel Million of the Salvation Army. Millin says more than twenty additional people stayed Sunday night, and they have a disaster shelter available to told 200 people. "We're here to make sure whoever needs us gets a meal, a place to shower, and just a place to stay out the elements and stay healthy," said Millin.

  • St. Louis Baptist Church will be staying open Monday night as a shelter: 4000 Frankston Highway Tyler, TX

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