Chambersburg Borough opens warming center

Written by witf | Jan 21, 2014 3:26 PM

Borough crews and contractors are working to clean up the last remnants of the snow that fell today across the area. It is estimated that by midnight most Borough streets will be generally clear. The storm dumping snow across the midstate will pull out of the region late tonight, but it will leave bone chilling temperatures in its wake.

Chambersburg residents who don't have sufficient heat are encouraged to visit the newly established warming center for the borough.

The Borough of Chambersburg will be operating a warming center from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 11 a.m. Thursday at Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center, 235 S. Third St. The center is heated. Coffee or hot chocolate will be available. The center is open to senior citizens and others at risk for cold-related illnesses; or the lost or wandering interstate traveler.

During the overnight, based on need, shelter users may be directed to the other shelters in the region.

If a citizen needs the warming center, they should immediately call the Chambersburg Customer Service Center at 263-4111 or let a police officer or fire fighter know of their situation; whether open or closed, staff will get the facility open.

In addition, the center may remain open longer if there is sufficient interest, according to Assistant Borough Manager David Finch.

Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said staff felt there were too many at-risk people in Chambersburg not to do something in response to the weather.

For more press information, call Mr. Finch at 261-3200 or email

Residents should also check on the elderly and provide pets with adequate shelter from the cold.

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