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American Red Cross Opens Shelter at Watertown High School

The American Red Cross of Northern New York will open a shelter at Watertown High School at 8 p.m. today for Jefferson County residents who are without electricity and unable to remain in their homes because of this weekend’s ice storm.

Watertown High School is at 1335 Washington St., Watertown. The Red Cross will provide each shelter resident with a cot, blanket, food and personal hygiene items.

The Red Cross has closed the shelter that it opened last night at Norwood-Norfolk Central School in Norwood. The Red Cross closed the shelter because it was no longer needed by St. Lawrence County residents.

“The Red Cross is opening the shelter at Watertown High School so Jefferson County residents can get food and a safe, warm place to stay until they can get back into their homes,” said Jane Gendron, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of Northern New York. “We’re also working with our community and government partners to ensure that all residents throughout the area have the essentials they’ll need to get through the next few days.”

In addition to the shelters in Watertown and Norwood, the Red Cross provided cots, blankets and personal hygiene items to the fire departments in Alexandria Bay, Cape Vincent and Chaumont that opened shelters last night.

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