“We don’t close on a whim. It’s a group decision,” she said.
The senior center staff also calls its clients about any decision to not serve meals.
“We call all of our clients. If someone needs a meal, we will deliver a frozen meal. The clients are not forgotten.”
When the senior center staff has advanced warning of impending bad weather, they will call clients to see if they want extra meals delivered to get them through the stormy weather, Brown said.
“We do our best to make sure we everybody is OK” in regards to heat and electricity. “It’s not just about meals,” she added.
While the noon meal was canceled, the senior center doors were still open if anyone needed a warm place to stay.
“The building is always open if someone needs warmth,” Brown said.
Brown said a group that likes to play cards always meets at the senior center on Mondays. However, the group canceled its meeting.
“It’s smart for people to stay home,” she said.
Brown said the senior center should serve meals today.
“It should be above the negative temperatures,” she said. The staff will “play it by ear.”
The sub-zero temperatures also had an effect on some water pipes around the city.
Around 11 a.m., Oskaloosa firefighters were called to the MHP Hospice Serenity House for a burst sprinkler head.
“I’m sure it’s cold-related,” firefighter Tim Nance said. Oskaloosa Care Center also had a burst waterline earlier in the morning, he added.
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