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Monroe County & towns announce shelters and warming centers


With the ongoing power outages, and temperatures getting colder,  Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley, announced the opening of overnight shelters throughout Monroe County for individuals and families without power.

In addition, Daytime “warming centers” are operating in multiple municipalities for County residents.

Currently, the American Red Cross is operating one temporary shelter. This shelter is  located at David F. Gantt Community Center, 700 North Street in the City of Rochester.

On Thursday night, the town-operated shelter at Greece Community Senior Center was serving 40 people. The town-operated shelter at Gates Town Hall was hosting 14 residents, and the town-operated shelter at Irondequoit High School has 12 residents.

The American Red Cross operated shelter at the David F. Gantt Recreation Center was hosting 11 residents. All shelters have additional capacity and officials say they will continue to monitor them throughout the night.

The following town-operated shelters are also accessible to County residents:

Greece Community Center
3 Vince Tofany Blvd

Gates Town Hall Annex
1605 Buffalo Road

West Irondequoit High School
260 Cooper Road

Shelter beds will be available in these locations, but individuals should bring pillows, blankets and sleeping bags along with any needed medications.

Residents planning on utilizing overnight shelters and daytime warming centers should continue to exercise caution while driving. Drivers should remember to treat nonfunctioning traffic lights as 4-way stops.

Warming Centers will provide heat, electricity and access to local news to keep up to date.

Warming Center locations:

Chili Public Library
3333 Chili Ave.

Chili Senior Center
3235 Chili Ave.

Greece Community Senior Center
3 Vince Tofany Blvd.

Gates Town Hall Annex
1605 Buffalo Rd

Henrietta Recreation Center
605 Calkins Road

Irondequoit Public Library
1290 Titus Ave

400 Bakers Park

Laurelton Presbyterian Church
335 Helendale Road

Odgen Town Hall
269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport

Penfield Library and Community Center
1985 Baird Road, Penfield

Pittsford Town Library
24 State Street, Pittsford, NY 14534

Spiegel Community Center
35 Lincoln Ave., Pittsford, NY 14534

The Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Ave.

Webster Recreation Center
1350 Chiyoda Drive

West Irondequoit High School
260 Cooper Rd

Wheatland/Scottsville Senior Center
22 Main Street, Scottsville

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.