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Officials in Owensboro Make Public Shelter Plans for the Cold

With temperatures likely dropping in Owensboro on Friday night, officials say plans are being made to provide shelter from the elements for those in need.

Posted: Jan 22, 2021 10:24 AM
Updated: Jan 22, 2021 12:46 PM

The National Weather Service Paducah says White Flag criteria will likely be reached in Owensboro on Friday night, with temperatures dropping to around 15 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

That's why Andy Ball, Director at the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency, is advising of several locations where individuals in need can seek shelter from the cold.

Ball says the Daniel Pitino Shelter at 501 Walnut St in Owensboro and St. Benedict's Shelter 1001 W 7th St in Owensboro aren't currently at capacity and will be offering shelter on Friday.

According to Ball, if capacity at those locations is reached during cold weather on Friday night, Owensboro Christian Church will be open as a warming center, offering bedding from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Several transportation options are also available for those who may need to reach a shelter:

  1. Transportation will be provided from the Daniel Pitino Shelter to Owensboro Christian Church at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.
  2. Owensboro Transit System bus route: FREE for White Flag shelters (two bus stops near Owensboro Christian Church)
  3. May self-transport to the warming shelter anytime 6:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Friday night. The White Flag shelter entrance will be between OCC entrances “C” and “D” on the New Hartford Rd side.

Ball says families, women and/or children should contact the Daniel Pitino Shelter (270-688-9000) and men should contact St. Benedict’s (270 541-1003) to see if the warming center is in operation or if there are available bed spaces within one of the existing shelters.

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