Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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January 3, 2014

Community prepares for cold spell

Area businesses and social service providers are bracing for another round of bitter cold and snow that is in the forecast for the weekend and into next week.

“There was a surge of cold air from Canada Wednesday night, with another one coming Sunday,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick Bak. “Monday and Tuesday will be very cold.”

Bak predicted that a snowfall Sunday will be equivalent to the precipitation yesterday, which ranged from three to six inches around the area. The weekend snowfall will be accompanied by single digit temperatures early next week, with overnight lows below zero.

“With the exception of a few bump-ups (in temperature), this cold snap looks to last a few weeks,” said Bak.

The Effingham County Senior Citizens Center has received several calls related to the snowfall affecting the home delivery of meals, said Director Jean Bohnhoff, adding that the service is actually provided by CEFS.

“We are a focal point in the senior community,” said Bohnhoff.

In past years, the senior center has paid for the repair of frozen pipes and put seniors in hotels if their heat wasn’t working. Bohnhoff urged seniors to come into the senior center if they need a warm place to stay during the day. They have extended their hours to 4 p.m. for that purpose. Bohnhoff urged seniors to call if they need assistance related to the cold. Seniors can contact the center at 217-347-5569.

Meals are still being delivered despite the inclement weather, said Debbie Weber, project director of Golden Circle Nutrition Program. Weber added that if they temporarily cancel the delivery service, which serves about 195 people daily in Effingham County, CEFS site managers contact homes to check on seniors.

“If a senior doesn’t have any food, we figure out a way to get them a meal,” said Weber.

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