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No shelters open during bitter cold weather

As temperatures dipped well below 10 degrees earlier this week, Sylvan Mutschler couldn’t help but wonder about the people in Demopolis who didn’t have heating in their homes.

Mutschler, director of the Marengo County Emergency Management Agency, had good reason for concern.

According to Demopolis Police Chief Charles Avery, there were no reports of injuries related to the frigid temperatures. But even Avery is concerned.

While there are shelters for certain natural disasters like tornadoes, there has never been a great need to have or construct a shelter that houses people stranded in the cold.

The bitter temperatures &045;&045; and wind-chills that made the temperature feel like it was -2 on Friday &045;&045; have since left the area. That doesn’t mean the South will begin a warming trend anytime soon.

Tonight, temperatures are forecast to dip into the low 20s, staying there until Tuesday.

During the middle of the week, temperatures will climb into the low 40s before dipping back into the 30s at the end of the week.