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Sub-Freezing Temperatures Prompt Code Purple Shelter Warning in Wilmington; Trash Collection Schedule is also Affected

Post Date:01/30/2019 1:30 PM

City, Friendship House and the Salvation Army coordinate on daytime and nighttime shelter for homeless citizens as dangerous temperatures approach

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Mayor Mike Purzycki and City Emergency Management Director Willie Patrick are warning citizens of dangerously cold temperatures tonight through tomorrow in Wilmington that will prompt the opening of daytime and nighttime shelters for homeless persons. The Salvation Army, which is under contract with the City to provide weather-related emergency services, has issued a Code Purple warning based on the National Weather Service’s forecast of bitterly cold temperatures and sub-zero wind chills over the next two days.  

Citizens in need of daytime shelter are asked to visit the Friendship House/Saints Andrew and Matthew shelter at 720 North Orange Street between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. beginning today through Friday, February 1. Those requiring overnight accommodations should visit the Salvation Army at 400 North Orange Street from 8:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. tonight and tomorrow night. The Salvation Army will make a decision about Friday and Saturday night shelter services in the coming days.

A Code Purple alert is issued when the predicted wind chill factor or predicted temperature is fifteen (15) degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Citizens seeking shelter will have available to them hot snacks, continental breakfast and a shower.

Also, due to the sub-zero temperatures expected on Thursday morning, the Department of Public Works’ Sanitation crews will not collect trash tomorrow, Thursday, January 31. Trash collection for the remainder of the week will be as follows: 



East Of I-95 Trash Collection



West Of I-95 Trash Collection


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To report issues about trash and recycling collection, please call the Public Works Call Center at (302) 576-3878 or visit:

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