Salvation Army of Madisonville Reaches Capacity Ahead of Winter Storm

Staff said with freezing temperatures and warnings in place, the shelter reached capacity with 25 people Tuesday afternoon.

Posted: Feb 9, 2021 10:39 PM
Updated: Feb 10, 2021 9:56 AM

As Hopkins County braces for a potential ice storm Wednesday, some Kentuckians have already sought shelter.

“We've been getting our beds situated, our dividers are in place," said Captain Lisa Good with the Salvation Army in Madisonville.

Capt. Good said with freezing temperatures and warnings in place, the shelter reached capacity with 25 people Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ve even brought the cots down from upstairs from 2009 just for the overflow," she said calling back to the notorious ice storm 12 years ago that left thousands without power for weeks.

Good hopes there isn’t a repeat of those conditions this week, but if things get bad the shelter will be ready.

“This community has been really gracious especially this last week," Good said. "They have been bringing in goods, paper goods, just helping to support the efforts here in Madisonville.”

Those who need help are welcome to walk right in, but especially on cold nights like these, staff want the community to know the doors are always open.

“You know when a storm is coming, if the temperature drops, we make sure that we have beds and food and all that in place for them because we make sure they have good breakfast, lunch and dinner," Good's husband, Major Mike Good said.

That care for the community is cherished by the residents.

Joshua Williams came to the shelter a few weeks ago. He said Good and the rest of the staff treat residents like family.

“They take care of us," Williams said. "We got shelter, we got food, we got our jokes we got our laughs.”

And for some who sought help before the cold set in, they hope those still in need of a warm bed take advantage of the free shelter.

“If that was me, I’d just feel hopeless you know what I mean?" Williams said. "I don’t think anyone should feel hopeless in Kentucky.”

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Tonight it will be much colder with an overnight low of around 22 degrees, with a light north wind. On Tuesday, highs will only be in the middle 30's and then we throw in a chance of flurries overnight. Best chance of flurries will be along and north of I-64.
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