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The Latest: Extra-cold weather brings out extra shelter help

January 25, 2019

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the dangerously frigid weather in eastern Iowa (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

The extra-cold weather brought out extra volunteers at an eastern Iowa shelter for homeless men.

Gwen Kirchhof (KUR’-kahf) is executive director of Almost Home in downtown Dubuque, and she had not yet made it from her rural home to the shelter Friday morning, saying “the wind has blown my road closed with snow.”

She says the extra volunteers were a blessing because the shelter’s dozen beds were full overnight and the men needed what she called “compassionate care” for their well-being: nutrition, health, clothing, shelter, employment.

Kirchhof says the shelter can hand out free bus passes, “but it’s too cold to stand out waiting for a bus.”

The temperature outside hovered around minus 11 (negative 24 Celsius), with a wind child of minus 19 (negative 28.5 Celsius).

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8:50 a.m.

The deep freeze has prompted several eastern Iowa schools to cancel classes or start the school day late.

The Davenport district and nearby Bettendorf and Muscatine schools canceled classes Friday. Davenport’s air temperature earlier this morning was minus 12 (negative 24 Celsius), with a wind chill of minus 29 (negative 34 Celsius). Wind at the time was reported at 8 mph (13 kph).

Late starts are scheduled for the Decorah, Louisa-Muscatine, Wapello and other districts.

Alliant Energy says its crews are working on restoring power to more than 900 customers in frigid Clayton County who have been without power since about 5:15 a.m. The utility says it expects to have the electricity back on by 10 a.m. It’s unclear whether the cold caused the outage, however.

Forecasters say the numbing cold is expected to linger into next week.

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