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Residents take shelter while crews work to restore power


About half of an East Texas city is still without power following Tuesday's weather.

To keep people warm, the City of Mount Pleasant set up a day shelter to help keep families warm during the day.

"It's funny, we knew weather was coming, but we didn't know the effect and with all that heavy wet snow that draped over the branches it did in fact take us by surprise," says Ben Stobnicki, with the City of Mount Pleasant.

"Most of our problems have been due to a lot of down power lines and transformers that caught fire. That's mainly what we have been getting reports on," says Chief Larry McRae, Mount Pleasant Fire Department.

McRae says since crews are still working to restore power to about half of the city, they needed a place where people could stay warm during the day

"There are many people out there who have been without power since yesterday afternoon and we want to provide some warmth where people can sit in a day room to get some hot coffee and things that will make them feel more comfortable," says Stobnicki.

The city moved the overnight shelter to South Jefferson Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant.

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