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3:55 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Responds to Severe Winter Storm

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the local response to the severe winter weather.

A number of shelter and warming centers are open across Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to help the homeless community deal with the frigid temperatures. 

Ann Arbor City Council Monday night received an update on the community's response to the winter storm. 

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Mary Jo Callan, Washtenaw County's Director of Community and Economic Development said the heavy snowfall preceding the plunging temperatures made it more difficult for some agencies to offer assistance.  Callan says Monday afternoon only about 25 people were using the Delonis Homeless Shelter.  It has a capacity of 200 and restrictions have been eased to offer assistance to more people while temperatures are so low.

Callan explains that efforts to reach out to the homeless community began before the snow started falling to make sure homeless would know about resources that are available.

Ann Arbor's snow plow drivers have been working 12 hour shifts every day since New Years Eve and the cold temperatures are starting to cause some equipment breakdowns. 

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.