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Warming Centers Open Across North Texas

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Warming centers are providing needed relief to those without power.

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- A number of North Texas cities have opened warming centers to provide some kind of relief if you can get there. Our Steve Pickett is finding, though, very few are visiting the downtown Dallas center.

STEVE PICKETT: The city of Dallas has it set up and operating, an emergency warming shelter at the downtown convention center for anyone who needs it or wants it.

ROSA FLEMING: We've got heat. We've got snacks, Wi-Fi. And it's a place for people who've lost electricity in their homes or at their office. They can come here, do their work, get a little respite from the cold.

STEVE PICKETT: There's been no respite or relief for families from every North Texas community, who continue to vent frustration and anger over complete shutoff of power to their homes.

TIMOTHY TAYLOR: And so steadily, the temperatures have been falling, and we're freezing.

STEVE PICKETT: Wylie resident, Timothy Taylor, is one of dozens in his area watching their homes face damage and their families face a direct shutoff of this power as part of the state's rolling blackouts.

TIMOTHY TAYLOR: You know, I'm wondering all about the people who actually have medical conditions that need to be supported during times like this. I mean, there's people that could actually die from this, and I don't think they care.

STEVE PICKETT: He's talking about ERCOT, and Taylor believes this shutdown will invariably take lives. In Wylie, Steve Pickett, CBS 11 News.

- Just so you know, we do have a complete list of warming centers. I think there's 24 or 25 open right now in the Metroplex [? and ?] the greater area. It's on our website at cbsdfw.com.