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Area fire departments offering advice and shelter during extreme cold

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At the Cedar Falls Fire Station, they aren't planning to hang out outside any longer than they have to these next few days, but they are offering advice.

They say it's important to take care of your yourself and your home in these bitter cold temperature, especially keep an eye out for freezing pipes.

"Open up the cupboard doors to allow the heated air from the house to get inside of those cupboards, those hidden spaces. To let a little bit of water flow from those pipes that are maybe on your outside walls," said John Bostwick, battalion chief. 

Nearly 40 miles northeast in Oelwein, the fire department has set up a warming shelter in the basement of its fire station.

"Not only for Oelwein but surrounding areas. If you live on a farm and you have a problem and you got to get your kids somewhere where it's warm. This is the place to come," said Wallace Rundle, fire chief. 

Rundle says a few days ago, they had a power outage that affected part of the town. He says it was cold then and they don't want to go through an outage like that again in the next few days.

"But we could have wind chills down around fifty below zero. That could be possible. And of course with that kind of wind chill if you're outside for very long you're going to end up with hypothermia or frost bite," said Rundle. 


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