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The City of Detroit is providing the following information to assist residents during the winter.  

Respite Centers

Due to the severe cold, Mayor Duggan urged residents to limit their time out of doors and to always let a friend or relative know where they will be all times if they will be traveling alone.  To help provide residents with indoor opportunities to take shelter from the weather, the city is announcing the hours of operation of the following respite centers, which will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily beginning Monday, January 6th:
Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center
8431 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48206
Farwell Recreation Center

2781 Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48234
Butzel Family Center
7737 Kercheval
Detroit, MI 48214

Warming Centers

When low temperatures forecast, the City of Detroit is reminding residents about the availability of community warming centers.  The City has contracted with the Cass Community Social Services and Operation Get Down to operate two warming centers to offer Detroit residents a break from the winter cold. The warming centers will provide temporary relief to persons who are homeless and/or do not utilize existing homeless shelters available within the city limits.
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City Snow & Ice Policy

The Department of Public Works provides snow & ice control on 684 miles of major streets in the city of Detroit. These operations are assigned by areas to the Street Maintenance and Solid Waste divisions
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City Snow & Ice Removal

During a snow event, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will provide the necessary level of service to restore near normal road surface conditions. The level and type of service will be dependent upon the amount of snow or ice, weather conditions, and time of day. The Department will continuously have trucks on the road, until the road conditions on all major thoroughfares are at acceptable levels.
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Water Main Breaks

The extreme cold weather also is likely to result in a large number of water main breaks.  Residents can report a problem by calling the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department 24 hours a day at 313-267-7401 conditions on all major thoroughfares are at acceptable levels. 

Alternative Heating Sources & Winter Safety Tips

In the interest of home fire safety, the Detroit Fire Department DOES NOT encourage or recommend the use of portable electric or kerosene heaters.  However, if a portable heater is used, please take the following precautions.
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