UPDATE: County centers opening shelters for cold weather

Published 4:08 pm Monday, January 15, 2024

As the temperatures start to drop this week, the Cities of Lanett, LaFayette and Valley will have spaces open for the public to shelter as needed starting Tuesday. 

The temperatures are set to drop during the night from Monday night to Wednesday morning with Tuesday night going as low as 13 to 17 degrees, according to the National Weather Service of Birmingham. 

Lanett Mayor Jamie Heard said the recreation center will open as a warming center at 8 a.m. on Tuesday through Wednesday. After that, he said it will stay open as needed depending on the forecast. 

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The center was scheduled to open Monday night starting at 5 p.m. ET through Wednesday, but Heard said that there may not be a need. He said the city is monitoring the situation via the Chambers County EMA. If the county EMA hears of any need, the center will open. 

LaFayette Mayor Kenneth Vines said the city doesn’t have a warming center but local churches often open their doors for inclement weather. Reverend Gary Dixon will open Mt. Calvary Baptist Church on Tuesday as needed. The church will provide heating, food, water and space for cots in the basement of the building. 

The Valley Sportsplex will be remain open after normal hours on Tuesday as a warming station.

The city of LaFayette will also be placing sand on bridges and roads in preparation for sleet or icy road conditions. 

 West Point also does not have any spaces open but the city of LaGrange in Troup County has a warming center.