Salvation Army campus returns to normal after outage

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 26 at 10:15 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – When the temperature dips into the teens and you’re homeless, it’s not easy finding a comfortable place to sleep at night.

Yesterday, there were more problems for people seeking shelter at the Salvation Army in Louisville.

Just after 1 p.m., a transformer blew knocking out power and heat to the Male campus.

“We had to close our shelters due to the temperatures which is about 125 beds,” Salvation Army spokesperson David Yarmuth said.

People that would normally stay on the bed had to go somewhere else for the night.

A dozen families in transitional housing were allowed to stay in the building.

“We had Wayside Christian Mission partnering with us as soon as we knew we weren’t going to be able to keep those shelters open,” Yarmuth added.

On a normal night the white flag is out, Wayside Christian mission has an estimated 90 people sleeping on mats. Last night, that number went up to 135.

“I think that we got everyone in and fortunately I don’t think anyone had to stay outside last night,” Nina Moseley of Wayside Christian Mission said.

“I’ve never seen it like this here before. We had people sleeping in the hallways on mats because we didn’t have nowhere else to put them but at least they had a warm place to sleep,” shelter occupant Richard Polston said.

After 10 hours, the power was restored to the facility and things have since returned to normal.

Folks here are just glad they had someone in Louisville to help.

“We can’t say thank you enough to Wayside for helping us out. Partnering with the other non-profits in the area is a big help,” Yarmuth said.

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