Area warming centers available Wednesday
The problem with designated warming centers is sometimes they aren’t open during times of extreme cold.
Technically, all public libraries, senior centers and state government buildings are available to warm up in during regular business hours.
But with this coldest-in-decades cold front, libraries and senior centers won’t be open Wednesday, and the state won’t decide until that morning whether to open the Department of Human Services offices in Sterling and Oregon, which are its local designated warming centers.
Here are a few places we are told will be open:
The Salvation Army, 409 Ave. F, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Sterling Police Department at City Hall. 212 3rd Ave.
The CGH Medical Center Emergency Department lobby and cafeteria, 100 E. LeFevre Road. The CGH cafeteria will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Dixon Public Safety Building vestibule at 210 and 220 S. Hennepin Ave.
Liberty Court Assisted Living Facility, 124 Liberty Court, which will provide space along with hot coffee and cocoa.
City Hall will be available for a family or small group of people.
If more people than that need assistance, the Oregon Coliseum will be available.
Call the Oregon Police Department at 815-732-2162 for assistance.
If you can find no place to go, call your local police department or the United Way community resource line at 211 or 888-865-9903 for assistance.
The Salvation Army also is offering to help. If you are having trouble keeping warm and need a place to stay for a short while, call 815-857-7022.