Towns Open Shelters During Outages

1 decade 2 years 2 days ago Monday, January 15 2007 Jan 15, 2007 Monday, January 15, 2007 2:56:40 PM CST January 15, 2007 in News

The ice may have started to melt, but people in Iberia were bracing themselves for round three of the weekend's storm. The mayor of Iberia opened up the school Saturday night for people without power and water. By early afternoon Sunday, all 15 people who stayed in the shelter had gone home.

Volunteers stayed at the school to prepare it for anyone who may need to stay Sunday night. Some people in Iberia decided to tough it out at home, though.

"We're staying at our home right now," says Ralf Trusty of Iberia.  "The temperature in the house is 52 degrees, so we're bundling up and everything. My father-in-law lives across the yard from us, he's got a gas stove and a gas heater that still works to keep him warm, so that's what we're using now."

Iberia isn't the only town where residents are experiencing problems.

The town of Vienna is also dealing with power outages. The Maries Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center lost power around 10:00 Saturday night. The center is running off of a generator and staff opened the manor's doors to others without power.

Most of Iberia had gotten its power back by late afternoon. People still without power were unsure when it would return. Maries Manor was expecting its power to resume this afternoon or this evening.

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