Cooling centers and services available in East Texas

Cooling centers available for residents to get ice and charge their phones in wake of continued...
Cooling centers available for residents to get ice and charge their phones in wake of continued power outages.(WLBT)
Published: Jun. 21, 2023 at 10:53 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2023 at 4:17 PM CDT
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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Area residents without power and in need of a place to cool off, eat a meal or even wash clothes can go to the Hawkins Volunteer Fire Department.

The City of Hawkins has opened a cooling center at the fire department building with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided, as well as access to three showers, water and ice, and four washing machines and four dryers.

Packaged Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) are available in addition to hot meals available three times a day.

  • Breakfast - 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Lunch - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dinner - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Water and ice are distributed as available between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Hawkins Fire Department is at 389 Blackbourn Street.


The East Texas Food Bank has several food distribution locations set up throughout the rest of this week for East Texans in need.

  • Wednesday, June 21, 10-11:30 a.m. in Quitman at the Bud Moody Stadium on Bud Morris Ave.
  • Wednesday, June 21, 4-5:30 p.m. in Mt. Vernon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church located at 406 Hwy 37
  • Thursday, June 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Avinger at Lake O’ the Pines Baptist Church at 9046 FM 729
  • Friday, June 23, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Gregg County Fairgrounds in Longview at 1123 Jaycee Dr. but please enter from Cotton Street.

First Baptist Church; Youth Building, 319 S Kaufman St

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gilmer Civic Center, 1218 US Hwy 271 N

  • Opens at 10 a.m. - snacks and water available

Pittsburg, Bleu Hen Crossing Event Center, 234 Rusk St.

  • From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free lunch; dishes and volunteers needed

City of Marshall Convention Center, 2501 E End Blvd S

  • Cooling center, phone recharging station available until 7 p.m.
  • Water, MREs and ice also available as supplies last

City of Marshal Pet Adoption Center, 2502 E. Travis Street

  • Cooling center for pets and their people from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pets must be leashed/crated and updated on shots.

House of Hope, 3011 W. Marshall Ave., Longview

  • Serving lunch and dinner today and tomorrow
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • You can also charge your phone and cool off.

Salvation Army, 633 N. Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75702

  • Main center in main shelter, open 24/7.
  • Secondary shelter in lobby of the social services building, open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Offering fans to people in need.
  • Both centers will be open seven days a week, weather permitting.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department Central Station, 728 E. Ferguson Rd.

Gregg County Sheriff’s Office giving away ice and water behind the Gregg County Health Department, 2nd Street and Turk Street in Longview.


The City of Marshall has suspended recycling through the end of June. Residents may use both carts to dispose of trash and food waste (which must be double bagged).

From the Harrison County Judge: trash, spoiled food, limbs and other debris may be taken to a disposal site 1 mile south of Highway 80 on Buck Sherrod Road.


An emergency management base camp is up and running in Camp County to help the thousands of East Texans still without power.

The camp is in Pittsburg at the Broach Park area, where a tent city has been established to house a small army of workers.

From forest service personnel, to national guard troops, to police ane fire units, all are pitching in to help citizens with bottled water, ice, MREs, and even healthcare at mobile patient buses.

Pittsburg Mayor David Abernathy talks about the objectives of the jointly-staffed operation.