Shelter Can Open Early This Year if Needed

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MIDVALE (AP) -- The Road Home Shelter in Midvale will be ready to open its overflow facility if winter arrives early again this year.

The town's planning commission is allowing the shelter to open its doors immediately if the need arises.

Last year, freezing rain started to fall in early October but the overflow shelter's permit only allowed it to be open from November through April. It took a few weeks, but the shelter was able to open ten days earlier than normal last year.

City officials say they want to be ready this year. About 20 to 30 families stay in the Midvale shelter during the winter.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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