Memphis warming centers open to public amid freezing temps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Visitors at the Hickory Hill warming center are being taken to the Dave Wells Community Center amid cold temperatures, Memphis city officials said Friday afternoon.

The new warming center is at 915 Chelsea Avenue. Those without power and seeking shelter are encouraged to go to this location.

Earlier Friday, a warming center opened up at the Hickory Hill Community Center.

This location is now closed after officials said there was no heat in the building.

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Another warming center is open downtown at the Hospitality Hub.

That center will run continuously until further notice, officials said. Guests can get shelter from the cold, as well as blankets and hot meals.

The driver of that bus, who said he spent all day Thursday and Friday bringing people to warming centers, said he was happy to help those in need.

“The expressways are good. Some of the back streets get kind of slippery, you just have to take your time, drive slowly,” Eric Johnson, a MATA bus operator, said. “It’s been exciting to be able to help people that don’t have shelter get somewhere warm. It’s very cold out here and it’s a good feeling to help them”

Temperatures are expected to be at or near freezing by Sunday.

Don’t get outside unless you have to, and bundle up with plenty of layers.

Those in need of a ride can call (901)-297-1680 and a MATA bus will take them to the nearest warming center.

Pets are allowed in the centers.