Warm shelter opens in downtown Augusta to fight the cold

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- The lights are on, heaters going full blast. But it's quite a different story across our area.

"So many people without power, that we want to make sure people have a safe place to go," said Mie Lucas with the City of Augusta.

More than 30,000 folks to be exact, in the dark and in the cold.

"A lot of the areas downtown, we have a lot of trees, older trees that are coming down on the power lines," she said.

For downtown, this is the ideal location, May Park Community Center. An entire gym, Mie Lucas, says is ready to be filled.

"You know a bigger space, it has one of our larger capacities," she explained.

For those folks who don't want to sleep in the cold.

"Come check in and stay the night," she said. "Bring your pillow, bring your blanket."

Predictions for tonight's icing, is expected to be dangerous. This shelter opened up at 6 p.m.

"We know that the roads are going to start to freeze again," she said.

That means more ice on power lines, more of you possibly being left in the dark. But the lights here will continue to stay on.

"The Red Cross here, operating the shelter tonight, they'll have volunteers all night long," she said.

That's until crews can restore power to the thousands of homes iced over in this winter storm.

"Georgia power is out there, they're everywhere trying to get the power back on," she said.

May Park Community Center is located on 4th street in downtown Augusta. That address is 622 4th St, Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia 30901.
Their phone number is (706) 724-0504.