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It's been very cold recently, especially with the wind chill factor, and Bend City leaders don't want homeless people forced to sleep outside.

 

The city just declared an "emergency" so that extra homeless shelters can be set up.

 

Justin Finestone, with the City of Bend, says this first surfaced a few years ago during a cold snap.  Several Churches wanted to help by opening temporary shelters.  But thet Fire Department was concerned about safety.    

 

"WE WORKED WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO COME UP WITH SOME MINIMUM GUIDELINES -SO THOSE CHURCHES COULD PICK UP THE CAPACITY BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE SPENDING THE NIGHT OUTSIDE - IF THEY DON'T HAVE TO - - WE CAME UP WITH A PLAN WHERE THE CITY CAN DECLARE AN EMERGENCY IF IT GETS TO BE 25 DEGREES OR LESS OVERNIGHT.  SO PLACES CAN CALL THE FIRE MARSHAL AND THEN THEY CAN COME OUT AND GIVE THEM THE REQUIREMENTS AND INSPECT THE PROPERTY TO MAKE SURE THEY AREN'T HOUSING TOO MANY PEOPLE AND THAT THEIR FACILITY IS SAFE."

 

The Declaration is in effect until February 28th, 2013.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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