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Before it could open, warming center needed rescue 

As power outages dragged on, City officials made the decision late Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, to open a Warming Center at the Baca Center that afternoon. 

That’s a Parks and Recreation facility, so Director Rick Atkins’ crew mobilized to begin preparations, assisted by the General Services staff, which handles facility maintenance. The teams arrived to a wet surprise. General Services Director Chad McDowell explains: 

At 4 p.m., on schedule, the Warming Center opened. It ultimately served 41 residents over the next two days.

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