Cold Impacting Outdoor Workers, Filling Up Shelters

The cold weather may be annoying for many, but it can be a real discomfort for those who have to work outside, or those who don't have a place to stay.

Tuesday was the first day back to work for New Bern city crews who spent most of their day outside taking down Christmas decorations. Crews say it was a 70 degree day when they put them up just over a month and a half ago and say they have to layer up to brave days like we're now experiencing.

The cold is also forcing area shelters to fill up. Greenville Community Shelters said it opened its shelter during the day Tuesday because it is so cold outside. Because of a lack of funding, the shelter is typically only open at night.

The Greenville Community Shelter says there are limited beds available. The capacity is about 78 people a night and it's been about 64 people a night on average, and with this cold weather they're accepting people on a first come, first serve basis.


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