OSWEGO, N.Y. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross opened a shelter at Laker Hall on the campus of SUNY Oswego earlier tonight for Oswego residents who are without water because of at least 25 frozen water lines in several neighborhoods in the city.
Red Cross volunteers are at the shelter with cots, blankets, food, drinks and comfort kits with personal hygiene items for residents who may need a place to stay tonight. There were no residents at the shelter as of 11:30 p.m., but it will remain open as residents’ needs may change.
The Red Cross worked with Oswego Mayor Thomas W. Gillen and city officials to identify the shelter and will continue to work with city officials to monitor the situation as residents could be without utilities for an extended period of time, Mayor Gillen said.
“We’ll keep the shelter open for as long as necessary and continue to work with our community and government partners to ensure that all of the impacted Oswego residents have the essentials they’ll need to get through the next few days,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Western and Central New York Region.
Mayor Gillen reminded city residents that for emergencies, they should call 911. For other assistance, city residents may call (315) 343-1212.
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