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Grundy County to open doors as warming center

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 2:57 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 3:00 p.m. CST

MORRIS - The Grundy County administration building will be opened for those in need of shelter during upcoming predicted cold temperatures.

Temperatures for Monday and Tuesday are forecast to reach as low as 19 degrees below zero and Grundy County administrators want to ensure residents have a place to go if they are without heat or shelter.

“We’ll make accommodations in the county board room, and if they have to stay overnight, then we’ll find cots and feed them,” Board Chairman Ron Severson said.

The administration building at 1320 Union St. in Morris will open at 6 a.m. Monday to act as a warming center for anyone needing heat or shelter. Before showing up, residents are encouraged to contact Grundy County Board Secretary Sandy Pommier ahead of time at 815-941-3420.

Those who need emergency assistance during late-night hours should call 815-617-2726.

Severson said this is not the first time the county has opened its doors.

“We did this in the blizzard also,” Severson said. “I will not let somebody out there freeze or freeze to death because they have no place to go.”

The Grundy County Health Department also will have staff available to help with frostbite, hypothermia and other weather related injuries.

Local public health officials sent out a release reminding residents to take precautions against the extreme temperatures by wearing the appropriate clothes and having winter storm kits ready for the car and home.

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