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Cold weather fills Salvation Army, keeps service techs busy

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

October 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tuesday night was the coldest night of the season so far. Temperatures were forecasted to drop down to freezing.

On cold nights like Tuesday, some people actually have to sleep on the streets. The Salvation Army had a full house Monday night and expected the same on Tuesday because of the weather.

They've already been dealing with more demand for meals and shelter over the past few months partly due to the troubling economy.

"Just this same time last year, we were feeding between fifty and sixty people for the two meals we serve. Now we're serving 130 people so whether it's the economy or the colder weather, we are definitely seeing about double our numbers from last year," said Captain Douglas McClure with The Salvation Army.

The shelter has only 30 beds for men and 12 for women and children. With freezing temperatures, they utilize more space to accommodate as many people as they can. The shelter is open from 7:30 in the evening to 7 in the morning.

South Georgia service technicians are working overtime to make sure families stay warm during this cold snap. We caught up with South Georgia Heating and Air Conditioning Technician Tommy Meredith late Tuesday afternoon.

He and his co-workers came in at 8 in the morning and planned to work well into the evening to handle an influx of service calls. It's been busy for the past few days.

"We are swamped," said Meredith, "we've had a lot of heat calls, lighting pilots, changing heat cells, doing change outs for people."

Meredith says it's best to be prepared for cold weather by having scheduled service calls in the Spring or early Fall. That way you won't be caught off guard by the cold.