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Power Outages Prompt Red Cross To Open Warming Shelters

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A downed tree in Greeley (credit: CBS)

A downed tree in Greeley (credit: CBS)

GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4)- Heavy snow and falling trees have caused widespread power outages affecting thousands of homes in Northern Colorado. The American Red Cross is helping keep those residents warm with warming shelters.

Xcel Energy and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association are expecting thousands of homes to remain without power through Thursday morning. The Red Cross has opened several shelters to give residents a warm place to stay until they can return home.

The following locations are open to those without power.

Thompson Valley High School, 1669 Eagle Drive, Loveland.

Island Grove Exhibition Hall, 525 N. 15th Ave. Greeley.

Windsor Community Recreation Center, 250 N. 11th Street, Windsor. The Town of Windsor shelter is being supported by DaySpring Christian Church.

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The shelters will remain open over night with cots, blankets, hygiene items and food for shelter residents. There are no plans to open additional facilities at this time, but the Red Cross continues to monitor emergency needs throughout Colorado.

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Longmont opened an emergency shelter at the St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave. at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Anyone without power is invited to stay overnight. A hotline number for sheltering information is 303-651-8595.

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