The Salvation Army is keeping its warming center and emergency shelter in Newyburyport open through 9 a.m. on Monday morning January 31 - following a massive winter storm that battered the Massachusetts coastline from north to south and dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas of the state.
Newburyport had seen about 15 inches of snow by 5 p.m. on Saturday, according to National Weather Service spotters. Residents in lower-lying areas along the coast were urged by officials to move to higher ground as the storm surge battered the shore during morning and evening high tides. Major power outages were also expected - impacting the ability of some people to properly heat their homes.
"The Salvation Army wants to offer a safe place for all community members from Newburyport and neighboring communities—including Plum Island—who are in need of a warm meal, shelter, or a place to charge their phone," the relief organization said in a press release. "COVID-19 guidelines will be followed."
The shelter and warming center was established Friday at The Salvation Army of Newburyport, which is located at 40 Water Street. The facility will remain open all day Sunday, January 30 through 9 a.m. on Monday - though The Salvation Army said hours could be further extended based on need.
For questions regarding the warming center and emergency shelter, displaced residents may call (978) 465-0883 or email Captain Jessica Berkhoudt at Jessica.Berkoudt@use.salvationarmy.org.