Cleveland postpones trash pickup, opens warming centers during extreme cold

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CLEVELAND-- Officials from the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County provided an update Tuesday morning ahead of the dangerous cold.

A wind chill warning goes into effect early Wednesday morning with gusts producing wind chills 25 to 35 degrees below zero. Experts are predicting life-threatening cold conditions.

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"If you don't have to go out, please don't," said Darnell Brown, Cleveland chief operating officer.

Here were the takeaways from the news conference:

  • Cleveland's 22 rec centers will be open during normal hours to serve as warming centers.
  • City of Cleveland waste collection will be postponed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the normal schedule resuming next week.
  • Do not use stoves to heat your home. Gas stoves are a source of carbon monoxide.
  • If a circuit breaker flips, let that serve as a warning and run cords to other outlets.
  • A pencil-stream of water is enough to decrease the risk of freezing pipes. Know where your water shutoff is located.
  • Have two to three days worth of emergency supplies.
  • Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or higher.
  • Check on elderly friends, family and neighbors.

Homeless people in need of shelter should go to coordinated intake, located at 1736 Superior Ave., on the second floor of the Cosgrove Building between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. After hours, individuals should go directly to 2100 Men's Shelter or Norma Herr Women's Center, and families should call 211.

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