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City of St. Augustine activates cold weather planning

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Updated: 1/06 9:37 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine has activated its cold weather planning across all city departments in preparation for the arctic cold blast expected to hit Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

The cold air is already starting to grip the nation's oldest city, causing everyone to break out their gloves and heavy coats Monday.

Cold temperatures are expected to set in by 11 p.m. when it'll hit 37 degrees but it'll feel more like 27 degrees when you factor in the wind.

According to City Manager John Regan, the city is paying close attention to people who have nowhere to go.

"Tonight we will have a heightened sensitivity to help people find the St. Francis House or escort them to churches. If they need a ride, we'll take care of that," said Regan.

According to the St. Francis House executive director Judith Dembowsky, the staff is ready to be at capacity.

"If we have to put people on the floor or in chairs, we're going to do what we have to do," said Dembowsky.

According to Regan, the city is prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws its way.

"We've made sure that all of our inventories of repair equipment for public works all is at maximum capacity, trucks are fueled, emergency communications plans are in place," said Regan. 

First United Methodist Church on King Street will also open its doors at 8:30 p.m. Monday for anyone looking for shelter.

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imtellin - 1/7/2014 9:34 AM
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hey regan,, it's a cold snap, not armeggedon !!! of course the trucks are fueled,, city workers waste more time at the fuel pumps, in an attempt to look busy while awaiting their 8 hours to conclude !!! the water pipes will burst when the temperature begins to rise above freezing, as usual with the nations oldest cities pipes !!! if 1 should burst during subfreezing temps,, then we get free ice scupltures... & city workers get frozen attempting to repair them...
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