Bitter cold closes schools, makes homeless shelters overflow

January 30, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Schools across Missouri have called off classes and homeless shelters are overflowing as temperatures plunge to dangerous lows.

KMBC-TV reports that the Kansas City Rescue Mission has been full for weeks. But on Tuesday, with wind chills headed to arctic levels across the region, no one was being turned away.

Shelter worker Larry Hansen says everything is being done to “keep guys out of the detrimental effects of the winter.” Eric Jaekels, who is currently homeless, was among those seeking shelter. He’s slept in the cold before, but says the latest cold snap is “going to be deadly.”

Schools from St. Louis to Kansas City canceled classes, along with the University of Missouri and Missouri State University.

Trash collectors also suspended operations in several communities, including Columbia and the Kansas City area.


Information from: KMBC-TV, http://www.kmbc.com

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