Warming shelters open as deep cold settles over St. Louis region

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-As another blast of winter cold descends over St. Louis, the plunging temperatures are on the minds of area officials. St. Louis City and County are opening five warming shelters Sunday night as the temperatures are expected to go plunging into the single digits. The location at 12th and Park is one of the bigger locations and the city has arranged transportation for the homeless to get them there. In addition, police and advocacy groups will have people out on the streets looking for those who are stuck out in the cold.

Warming Shelters for Sunday, January 17, 2016:

  • AmeriCorp (doors open at 6 p.m.)
    1315 Ann Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104
  • Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
    2822 Dr. Martin Luther King, St. Louis, MO 63106
    Limited walk-up availability; transportation leaves from The Bridge at 6 p.m.
  • 12th and Park (men only)
    1410 South Tucker, St. Louis, MO 63104
    Limited walk-up availability; transportation leaves from The Bridge at 6 p.m.

A pressing issue for many homeowners will be under their kitchen sinks as we hit this coldest morning of the year.  There is the potential for pipes to freeze as we get into the deep cold overnight tonight.  The old recommendation is to keep the cabinets open under your sinks to allow some extra heat in. If you're going to run water, plumber Jack Hope reminds you, “The old advice is run some water.  Well that’s good advice as long as you’re running the right water. You have to run hot and cold water. So if you have a kitchen sink that has two separate handles you need to have them both on.”

As always if you're running a space heater, firefighters remind you that it should not  be left unattended.  We've already seen fatal fires this season due to heaters malfunctioning.

Finally, bring any pets inside. It's too cold for them to spend significant time outside.