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Localities open warming shelters, offer charging stations

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 23:39:34-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- With so many residents without power following the severe weather, some localities have designated certain county buildings to serve as temporary warming and power charging stations.

Chesterfield

Chesterfield County has designated two libraries to help residents without power. Chesterfield Central (7051 Lucy Corr Boulevard) and North Courthouse Road (325 Courthouse Road) libraries will back open Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those without power can visit the libraries to stay warm and charge their phones, laptops and other electronics.

"Library visitors should remember to bring their mask. Facial coverings must be worn when visiting the library," a Chesterfield County spokesperson said.

Dinwiddie

Dinwiddie Couunty is offering four sites where folks can charge electronic devices, use electric medical equipment and get bulk water. The sites will reopen Monday at 9 a.m.

  • Dinwiddie Fire Station - 13506 Boydton Plank Road
  • Ford Fire Station - 13402 Cox Road
  • McKenney Fire Station - 10507 Doyle Blvd
  • Namozine Fire Station - 3913 Pelham Avenue

"Citizens should bring their own chargers and their own water containers," county officials wrote. "NO bottled water will be available. Representatives from Dinwiddie Social Services will be at each site to assist citizens."

Hopewell

Hopewell is offering open a warming shelter/place to charge electronics at the Appomattox Regional Library at 209 East Cawson Street Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Face masks are required.
  • Wi-Fi is available.
  • Bring your charging cables, city will not be providing charging cables.
  • Pets are not allowed in the library.

Petersburg

Petersburg is offering residents use of a warming/charging center at Petersburg Area Transit (PAT) at 100 West Washington Street from Sunday evening into Monday morning.

“We have consistently been in communication with Dominion Energy, but the reality is that there is widespread power loss throughout our region,” Petersburg City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides said. “As we’ve learned power restoration could take a couple days, our priority is ensuring our residents are not forced to spend the night in unsafe temperatures.”

Officials noted that people's temperatures will be taken and social distancing will be enforced because of the pandemic.

No pets are allowed and smoking is prohinited.

PAT is offering transportation for folks to the warming center. To request a ride, call Petersburg Police at 804-732-4222.