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North Texas Cities Open Warming Centers Due To Brutally Cold Temperatures

(CBSDFW.COM) - Some North Texas cities have opened up warming centers to the public as the dangerously cold temperatures, along with power outages, continue.

The area is seeing historic temperatures after a winter storm moved through on Sunday. Many residents are also experiencing power outages that began as rolling blackouts overnight.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the state's power grid, said it does not have an exact timeframe for complete power restoration.

Below is a list of warming centers that have opened (the list will be continually updated):

Rowlett: The Rowlett Community Centre (5300 Main Street) will open Thursday, February 18 at 8am as a Warming Center for those without power. Rowlett Bowl-a-Rama (5021 Lakeview Parkway) will continue to serve citizens throughout tonight (2/17), but will cease operation as a Warming Center at 8am tomorrow morning so they can resume normal business operations.

The City of Mesquite will open Evans Recreation Center, 1116 Hillcrest Street, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. as a temporary warming center on Feb. 16. The temporary warming center will reopen Feb. 17 and Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The City of Plano, in partnership with Grace Church Plano, is opening an emergency warming center to the public this morning as power outages and dangerously cold temperatures continue. The church is located at 3301 Preston Road at the corner of Preston and Parker roads. The warming center will be open around the clock until Thursday evening. Anyone who chooses to come to the warming station is required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols. They are encouraged to bring their own blankets, water and snacks. Pets are not allowed.

Irving: The City of Irving has opened a second warming center for people who are without power, and is located at Northwest Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne St. Residents who are need, are encouraged to seek shelter. All visitors are encouraged to wear face masks and socially distance from other households inside the center. In addition, another warming center is located at Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 Senter Road. The city is working to bring additional warming center facilities online.

Farmers Branch: Due to continued severe winter weather in the forecast for north Texas, and due to frequent and prolonged rolling power outages, the City of Farmers Branch will open a warming station at the Community Recreation Center from 7:30 p.m, Monday February 15 until 5 p.m. Tuesday February 16.

Fort Worth: The city of Fort Worth is opening up an overnight shelter for residents who are without power.

Anyone needing the shelter will need to self-transport to the Fort Worth Convention Center and enter through the Houston Street entrance. The location is 1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

  • COVID-19 screening will take place before entering the building and COVID-19 protocols will be in place.
  • Cots will be provided. People should bring their own blankets.
  • Food will not be provided.
  • Restrooms will be available, but there will not be facilities for showers.
  • At the present time we don't have any way to allow animals into the shelter.
  • Parking is the responsibility of each individual. Garages are available on Commerce and Houston Streets.
  • The city currently plans on operating the overnight shelter the following hours:
    • Monday/Tuesday 2/15-2/16 from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
    • Tuesday/Wednesday 2/16-2/17 from 7 p.m.- 7 a.m.
    • Wednesday/Thursday 2/17-2/18 from 7 p.m.- 7 a.m.
    • Thursday 2/18 7am CLOSE

Anyone using the shelter will have to leave in the morning. The city will have warming stations available for anyone who needs to have a warm place to go.

Warming stations will operate from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday.

Worth Heights Community Center

  • 3551 New York Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76110
  • 817-392-8722
  • Notes: Warming center only. No snacks or cots

Handley Meadowbrook Community Center

  • 6201 Beaty St, Fort Worth, TX 76112
  • 817-392-2830
  • Notes: Warming center only. No snacks or cots

Diamond Hill Community Center

  • 1701 NE 36th St, Fort Worth, TX 76106
  • 817-392-5485
  • Notes: Warming center only. No snacks or cots
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