City of Tyler opens 'warming center'

Published on Monday, 3 March 2014 11:12 - Written by

Staff Reports

The extreme winter weather gripping the region has prompted City of Tyler Emergency Management officials to open a “warming center” for those needing to escape the cold, according to a city news release.

The temporary warming center, operated by the American Red Cross, is located at the St. Louis Baptist Church, 4000 Frankston Highway.

The site can house 140 occupants and will provide light refreshments, including coffee and snacks, for those in need.

“Officials will continue to evaluate weather conditions throughout the day and will decide on the need for overnight sheltering services as the day progresses,” the news release states. “If additional shelters are needed for long-term stays, officials will release this information, along with the locations of any potential sites.”

The Tyler Fire Department has responded to 107 incidents since Sunday morning, many due to weather conditions.

Downed power lines and vehicle accidents have been widespread, the city said.

Reports of power outages continue to fluctuate, and officials urge residents to stay clear of any electrical lines.

Also, city officials continue to encourage drivers to stay off roadways, as conditions continue to be dangerous.