Thursday, December 10, 2009

Warming shelters closed after power restored

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Power has been restored to the Green/Winston area.

The American Red Cross - Oregon Pacific Chapter had opened two warming shelters for residents without power or water, but they are now closed.

Besides the power outage around the Winston/Green area, some Winston residents were also without water due to the freezing conditions. Winston Water District officials told us that everything is working OK as far as the city water lines go, but there are reports of some residents with frozen water pipes.

The Red Cross says that they are unable to provide assistance to individuals who have experienced frozen pipes or flooding due to burst pipes.

For residents with these challenges, they say to contact your home-owners insurance agent, landlord, or necessary repair companies for assistance.

Red Cross said in a press release that they appreciates the quick response of Green Elementary School and the Foursquare Gospel Church in Winston, in helping provide warm and comfortable settings for Douglas County residents affected by today's power outages.

The shelters were free and open to all individuals, and were set up at the Green Elementary School Annex, 4498 SW Carnes Rd, Roseburg, and at Foursquare Gospel Church, 540 SE Main St, Winston.