Shelters open, free Madison Metro Bus service

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- The City of Madison said residents are abiding by weather warnings.

Katie Crawley, a spokesperson with the Mayor Soglin’s Office said Madison employees including police, fire, streets, water, engineering, Madison Metro, traffic engineering, building inspection, fleet service and others continue to brave the cold to help assure residents that essential services are being provided.

Crawley said the Madison Police Department Parking Enforcement is suspending monitoring on-street parking meters and pay stations until noon on Thursday. Motorists will be able to park their vehicles at meters without paying.

Crawley said street crews remain on duty and refuse collection in underway. Collections could be halted because of the cold affecting the hydraulic arms of trucks.

Crawley said motorists are being asked to slow down if you have to go outside. It’s too cold to salt the roads.

City officials said local facilities that accommodate homeless individuals and families have extended hours and have suspended occupancy limits during this period.

The Beacon (615 E. Washington Ave.) will open at 7:30 a.m. during the cold weather to limit the amount of time guests are exposed to cold in the morning. The Beacon will close each day at 5 p.m.

First United Methodist Church (203 Wisconsin Ave.) in Madison will be open for families and single women from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as an Emergency Day Warming Center.

Porchlight Overnight Shelter for Men in Madison will be open from Tuesday through Sunday. Porchlight men’s shelter will begin intake at 5 p.m. to limit exposure to cold.

Salvation Army Overnight Shelter for Women and Families in Madison will begin intake for women and families at 3 p.m. Monday –Friday. The Salvation Army said they had 50 women in their women's shelter on Tuesday night, and they had 22 families in their family shelter which included 49 children.

Madison Metro Buses are helping transport people between shelters.
Madison Metro is continuing to provide free service and will shelter people who need to make a bus transfer. Madison Metro will have warming buses at all four Madison bus transfer points over the weekend.

Crawley said with the climbing temperatures expected Friday and this weekend, there will be additional concerns for melting snow and possible rain.

The city wants to remind residents to help city staff by clearing snow and ice from storm drains so water is not trapped on the streets.

Anyone in need of emergency services can call the American Red Cross at 877-618-6628 or the United Way at 211.