Although all main streets in the District of Columbia were salted and treated for ice and snow, the snow removal on sidewalks and private property still remains an ongoing task. Many sidewalks are still covered with snow and require pedestrians to walk in the street. Property owners are asked to clear the snow around their property.
The National Weather Service reminds residents to be careful when shoveling snow as heart attacks are leading cause of death for residents engaged in the act of clearing sidewalks and walkways. Many residents heeded Mayor Vincent Gray’s request to stay off the roads as snow plows were observed moving freely on many streets to serve residents in the District of Columbia.
Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s budget address for this evening has been canceled. DCPS will announce details about budget priorities in conjunction with Mayor Vincent Gray's rescheduled State of the District speech planned for March 11 at Kelly Miller Middle School. .
The greatest concern of the snow event was for the homeless residents of the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation responded quickly to the emergency by opening warming centers and extending hours to serve more homeless people living in the city.
Examiner.com is providing a list of the warming centers to help people with access to internet service locate centers to direct homeless persons to a center near the location where they are currently sleeping outside.
Residents have been encouraged to be on alert for homeless residents and to help them locate warming centers.
1. West End Library is located on 24th and L Streets, NW, to serve a Co-ed population as a warming site.
2. Sherwood Recreation Center is located at 640 10th Street, NE, to serve a Co-ed population as a warming site.
3. Banneker Recreation Center is located at 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW, across the street from the great Howard University. Banneker Recreation Center will help homeless men as an alert night shelter.
4. Columbia Heights Recreation Center is located on 1480 Girard Street, NW, is open to serve homeless men as an alert night shelter.
5. Kennedy Recreation Center located on 1401 7th Street, NW, is open to serve homeless men as an alert night shelter.
6. Emery Recreation Center located on 5801 Georgia Avenue, NW, is an overflow shelter to serve homeless men.
7. Guy Mason Recreation Center located on 3600 Calvert Street, NW, is an overflow shelter to serve homeless women.
8. Benning Park Community Center on Southern Avenue and Fable Street, SE, is serving as an overflow shelter to provide help to homeless families in the brutal cold.
9. Greenleaf Recreation Center on 201 N Street, SW, is serving as an overflow shelter to serve homeless families.
The District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation provides Alert Night Shelters to serve the District of Columbia homeless residents every night when HSEMA activates the Hypothermia Alert. The Overflow Shelters are open as needed on a Hypothermia Alert night when Alert Night Shelters have reached capacity. Homeless residents are asked to please contact the DC Shelter Hotline at 1-800-535-7252 to locate a warming center or homeless shelter to get out of the freezing cold.