UPDATE: 7:11 a.m., Thursday Feb. 7th, 2019:
About 2 dozen people sought refuge in the emergency shelter at Depot Park.
Armed security guards say aside from an early morning incident where a person needed medical assistance, there were no issues overnight.
Although the shelter was not set up with cots, many people got some rest in the heated tent that has room for 50 people.
The city plans to install flooring for the upcoming nights throguh this weekend.
Chico, CA. -- The city of Chico has announced that there will be a new warming center opened for those in need.
The center will be on city property under the Shelter Crisis Declaration, and will be located at Depot Park on Cedar Street, between W. 3rd & 5th Streets. The structure will be a large tent with heaters and bathroom accessibility.
According to a press release from City Manager Mark Orme, the structure will be open for the next several days. Says Orme, "Although temperatures will reach below freezing only tonight, the City intends to provide access to the warming center from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. through Monday morning, February 11th."
Orme says the tent will serve as a temporary warming center, not a shelter. Security will be on-site.
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