Tallahassee Braces for More Cold Weather

By: Amy Long; City of Tallahassee Press Release
By: Amy Long; City of Tallahassee Press Release

Tony Dickens has been homeless for about a year, and usually finds comfort beneath the stars- but it's too cold to stay outside over night.
"I've been a painter for about 30 years and there's just not any work now and we're just doing the best we can."

Even with the sudden drop in temperatures, the Big Bend Homeless Coalition and the Tallahassee Shelter are doing the best they can to make sure anyone who wants a warm bed gets it by opening the cold night shelter at Bell Vue Middle School.

Susan Pourciau with the Big Bend Homeless Coalition says, "We were caught by surprise but luckily we had been actually planing this cold night shelter since about June, we're serving about 35 people and we actually expect that number to grow as it gets colder and colder."

"We're freezing out here and we thank the community for taking us in and looking out for us." says Dickens

It's not just those who stay at the shelter: Across town boy scouts looking to spread a little holiday joy bundle up while selling Christmas trees

Jacob O'Donnell says "Yea, it's pretty chilly out here. It's not snowing yet but it's pretty cold." Chance McDonald says, "You know, I'm a boy scout and I camp outside all the time, and when I say it's cold- you know it's cold."

With the temperatures staying in the mid 20s the next couple of nights- nobody is dodging the cold for now.

To find out how you can help follow the link below:



Take Precautions to Avoid Frozen Water Pipes!

Helpful Tips Offered by Your Own Utilities

The City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities urges water customers to take precautions as near and below-freezing temperatures continue through this week. The most important measure is to run at least one indoor water faucet at a thin stream to avoid pipes breaking due to the cold air. During periods of colder weather, Your Own Utilities as well as local plumbing contractors typically receive calls from customers reporting broken water pipes.

When pipes break between the water meter and the home or within the home, the customer is responsible for repairs. Your Own Utilities repairs any damage to pipes between the water main under the street and the meter, or in the main itself, but that rarely happens since water runs continuously in the mains.

Residential water customers are advised to run at least one faucet in their home at a thin stream. This allows water to flow through the pipes and lowers the risk of broken water lines during freezing conditions. Unlike other liquids, water expands when it freezes. When water pipes freeze, the expanding water can break the pipe, and customers can be left with a thoroughly soaked house when the pipes thaw.

Your Own Utilities offers these tips during a hard freeze – about 30 degrees (F) or below for more than one hour.

· Run at least one indoor water faucet or outdoor spigot at a thin stream, until the outside temperature rises and stays above 30 degrees (F).

· Check to make sure the cover to your water meter fits tightly. If your pipes do freeze, you can use the valve inside the meter box to shut off all the water to the house, helping to prevent indoor flooding when pipes thaw.

· If you have a backflow assembly on your water service line, it, too, may freeze with very cold temperatures. Insulate the assembly properly by wrapping or covering the pipe. Do not cover the bottom relief opening on the underside at the middle of the apparatus, to avoid creating other flooding problems.

· Commercial water customers should also wrap any fire lines in their buildings. Disconnect any outside water hoses from spigots, as water trapped inside can freeze and crack the hose.

For more information, please call Your Own Utilities at 891-4YOU (4968) or visit us online at Talgov.com/YOU.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Dec 7, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    If you go to www.uglyquilts.org, you can find instructions on how to make a sleeping bag out of scraps that aren't good for much else. Towels, old t-shirts, anything can be used. If a church or organization in town were to host an event to make some of these "ugly quilts" I think everyone from experienced sewers and quilters to complete novices might be interested. Think about it, you have a rummage sale for clothing and house linens, then whatever is left, you cut it up and make these sleeping bags out of the true scraps.
  • by anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    I have thought of some bag of sorts that homeless could use even outside. We have material that will withstand the heat of re-entering the earth's atmosphere. Surely we have material that will insulate. It would be a bag that can be rolled up and carried by the homeless. And if they stay outside in the elements, they can get in this bag that is actually larger than a man a bit/big enough for a grown man to crawl down into, close up and stay toasty warm in, even in coldest weather. And would be waterproof also. Then with a small flashlight, waterproof material, that is able to use the body's heat to heat up - we should hand those out. Even if you were in a building that could be your own "sleeping bag" - that you'd roll up the next morning and take w/ya.
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