Local organizations open shelters for stranded travelers

Road closures have forced many traveling to take shelter as they wait for the roads to clear up. The Salvation Army and The Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross are taking those people in.

It was early Monday morning when the blizzard hit the Panhandle the hardest. Covering roads, and causing drifts around three to four feet. Parts of I-40 and U.S. 287 have been shut down because of that, leaving folks stranded in the bitter cold. The Salvation Army has been housing the homeless and those motorist.

"We're housing clients, we've got about 150 men, 32 families, so far and 45 women. You can call 2-1-1 to get in touch with us if you get stranded it's not just for the homeless people it's for anybody stranded out there they can come and see us," said Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Coordinator, Kenny Freeman.

The Salvation Army is serving up hot meals and warm beverages.

"We've got hot coffee, we go three meals the breakfast, lunch and dinner and we've got plenty of beds and if we run out of beds we've also got cots that we can set up," said Freeman.

The local red cross chapter is doing the same. Opening up two shelters early Monday morning upon the request of Emergency Management.

"Currently we have two shelters one in Tulia and one in Groom both with a handful of people inside of them. When we open a shelter the main goal is to give people a safe place to go and get out of the elements we usually setup some cots and we have some food and again, just trying to make them as comfortable as possible but make sure they're out of the weather," said Executive Director of the Red Cross, Steve Pair.

These organizations are truly showing what the Panhandle Spirit is all about, taking care of folks battling old man winter.

Both shelters say they will stay open as long as needed, until the roads are safe to travel once again.