Also, Code Purple called
for this weekend
With overnight lows predicted to drop into the teens degrees Sunday, the Asheville Water Resources Department urges everyone to take precautions to protect their pipes from freezing.
In an emergency, however, the Water Resources Department is available 24/7. The City does not assist customers with indoor plumbing issues but can cut off the water source to help mitigate the situation if a break occurs. Should you need assistance, all the City’s Customer Service number at 828-251-1122.
The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook statement calling for “a strong cold front expected to push through the region early Sunday, possibly bringing a light accumulation of snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the mountains. Gusty northwest winds will bring rapidly falling temperatures. A flash freeze is possible, which could result in poor road conditions in some areas. The gusty winds will continue through at least Sunday night. A few downed trees and powerlines are possible.”
The frigid forecast prompted the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition to call for a Code Purple Saturday through Monday.
Code purple called
The purpose of the CODE PURPLE procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people experiencing homelessness in the event of severe weather conditions.
In extremely cold conditions, the CODE PURPLE sites will provide shelter beyond their normal program capacity. Persons experiencing homelessness will have the opportunity to come inside and warm up during the day, even if a shelter would typically be closed. Extra floor, cot, and bed space will be available at overnight shelters to ensure that no one has to stay outside. Shelters are encouraging emergency workers and police to urge people outside at night to come inside.
Children ages 0-6 with a sibling up to age 10 can be placed in an Angels Watch home free of charge. Referrals from shelters or parents can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling placement coordinator George Gillette at 828-775-4343 for immediate child placement.
For additional information, contact Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition Co-Chairs Tracey Childers at 828-275-7008 or Katie Beth Caswell at 828-398-6627.