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Dozens Crowd Shelters Seeking Warmth

Posted January 3, 2008 11:46 a.m. EST

— Freezing temperatures Wednesday night sent dozens of people to area shelters for warmth.

Forty-five men and women checked into the Durham Rescue Mission overnight, compared with three people on an average January night, officials said. Overall, 191 people spent the night at the shelter.

The Durham Rescue Mission said it would continue its Operation Warm Shelter program Thursday night, when low temperatures and stiff winds are expected to create frigid conditions. The program ensures homeless people and those with unreliable heating systems have a warm place to stay.