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January 4, 2022

Warming centers available in Warrenton, Midland

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
A “Power & Shower” center at the WARF will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Local governments have opened a “Power & Shower” warming center at the WARF (Warrenton Aquatic & Recreational Facility) to provide relief for those without electricity.

The town and county have partnered to open the center, County Administrator Paul McCulla announced Tuesday.

The Midland Church of the Brethren also will open its doors to assist residents in need of relief from the cold.

The three electrical companies serving the county have announced power may not be restored until late Tuesday and for some late Wednesday.

“They are working hard to restore power and until then their recommendation is for customers to find alternate shelter, backup power or find relief from the cold,” Mr. McCulla said.

The WARF, at 800 Waterloo Road, will be be available and open to assist those in need of relief until 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Residents are not required to be WARF members but must check in at the front desk upon entry.

The WARF will have showers available. People should bring their own towels — along with toiletries — or the WARF has towels for sale.

Power stations will be available for those who bring power cords and devices in need or charging.

Free Wi-Fi is available on site.

Masks are required and COVID social distancing must be maintained.

A warming facility at Midland Church of the Brethren at 10434 Old Carolina Road opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday. It will stay open throughout the night and Wednesday or until no longer needed. Anyone in need of relief from the cold is welcome.

Power stations will be available, along with bathrooms — but no showers.

The church kitchen will provide snacks.

COVID social distancing is required.

For more information, call the church at 540-272-3489 or 540- 435-3016.
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