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City offers help during cold weather

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The City of Columbus is making some of its facilities and services available to help residents during a winter storm this weekend that is expected to bring snow and extremely low temperatures.

Three city buildings will open as warming stations Monday and Tuesday for people who need a place to stay warm, according to a city news release.

These facilities will be open the following hours:

  • The Commons, 300 Washington St., 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Donner Center, 739 22nd St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hamilton Center, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Anyone requiring overnight shelter can call Horizon House, 724 Chestnut St., by calling 799-1062.

The staff at Horizon House will ensure anyone who is homeless, who is a stranded motorist or who has lost residential heat with no ability to access or pay for temporary accommodations is provided emergency housing by Love Chapel, the Columbus Township Trustee’s Office or the Red Cross, the release said.

Columbus Police Department will have extra police officers on duty today to help with any stranded motorists, assist with traffic accidents and transport people to shelters if necessary.

Columbus City Transit will transport dialysis patients to Columbus Regional Hospital with its Call-A-Bus service on Monday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patients needing assistance should call Columbus Transit at 376-2506, a release said.

The Columbus Snow Force has pre-treated all streets with salt and received an additional 400 tons of salt Saturday to add to its existing supply of 300 tons in preparation of the snow storm.

Snow plow operators will begin work at 5 a.m. today and work continuously to remove the snow from all streets as soon as possible.

The Snow Force’s efforts will be focused on the main streets, clearing continually until the snow dissipates and then the residential interior streets, the release said.

The Board of Public Works and Safety is asking for the public’s help by moving parked vehicles off the street, if possible, so that the plow trucks do not block vehicles with plowed snow, the release said.

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