Freeze Shelters Set Up Around the Ohio Valley


The most recent band of freezing temperatures means more tough nights throughout the Ohio Valley, especially if someone were to lose heat or power.

The Ohio Valley will be experiencing below freezing temperatures for the rest of the work week, which means any potential problems at home, whether it is losing power or having a furnace break down, are amplified. 

Belmont County Emergency Management has set up temporary freeze shelters just in case any residents encounter problems the rest of the winter. More than a dozen shelters across the county going as far West as Barnesville, as far South as Powhatan Point, and as far North as Yorkville will be open.

“We have more than a dozen shelters set up strategically around the county that should accommodate most people where ever they live,” said Becky Horne.

The volunteers at the shelters ask that you call beforehand if you do plan to use a freeze shelter. Emergency Management said they set up the temporary shelters because they care about the health, welfare, and safety of their citizens especially during these dangerous, extreme temperatures.

“Call ahead too for other instructions, they may be able to take their pet with them,” said Horne.

Horne said they ask that you bring your own snacks, cell phone chargers, prescription medications, and any other necessities. 

“We care about the health and safety and welfare of our citizens and with the extreme temperatures it can be very dangerous,” said Horne. “It’s important that you have a place to go where you can be warm and dry and have some nourishment.”  

The complete list of temporary shelters include:

– Barnesville Methodist Church, 230 West Main Street, Barnesville, (740) 238-0241

– Bellaire 1st United Methodist Church, 3402 Guernsey Street, Bellaire, (740) 676-3663

– Bellaire Salvation Army, 315-37th Street, Bellaire, (740) 676-6225

– Centerville Senior Center, 46642 Main Street, Centerville, (740) 686-2176

– Colerain Fire Company Social Hall, SR 250, Colerain, (740) 699-0425

– Spirit of 76 Fire Department, 53890 Key-Bellaire Road, Bellaire, (740) 676-7676

– Epworth Center, 301 North Main Street, Bethesda, (740) 338-1414

– Flushing United Methodist Church, 301 High Street, Flushing, (740) 968-0928

– Flushing Christian Church, 201 East High Street, Flushing, (740) 968-4476

– Grace Presbyterian Church, 7 North 4th Street, Martins Ferry, (740) 359-1813

– Village of Shadyside Community Center, 50 East 39th Street, Shadyside, Door’s Open

– Somerton Fire Department, 55717 Washington Street, Somerton, (740) 757-2541 or (740) 391-9060

– Thoburn United Methodist Church, 209 East Main Street, St. Clairsville, (330) 819-9531 or (440) 552-7175 or (412) 715-7112

– Powhatan Point Municipal Building, 104 Mellott Street, Powhatan Pt., (740) 391-0105 or (304) 312-0155

– Yorkville United Methodist Church, 121 Third Street, Yorkville, (740) 859-3013

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