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Harlan Police check on homeless during cold weather

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - As the temperatures reach dangerous levels at night, Harlan City Police are making sure everyone has a warm place to stay.

As the temperature dropped in Harlan, police hit the roads to look for people with nowhere to go.

"Within minutes you could be suffering from frostbite and hypothermia and could easily freeze to death," said Chief Mike Thomas.

Police say they know several homeless people who live under bridges. The Police Chief spent Monday afternoon checking under every bridge.

"We do it every time there's a winter weather advisory or winter storm warning. We just want to give them a heads up. We don't want anything terrible to happen to them. We need to get them somewhere warm and dry," Chief Thomas said.

After checking under every bridge and around all of the railroad tracks, Chief Thomas did not find anyone out in the cold on Monday.

"Hopefully they've heeded the warnings already and got a safe spot," said Chief Thomas.

Chief Thomas says when they do find someone in the freezing temperatures, they take them to their family or friend's home, a shelter, or a motel.

"We do what we can to keep them safe," said Chief Thomas.

During the last arctic blast, Chief Thomas says they did find several people under bridges and got them to a warm place.

He says they will keep checking the bridges and other locations outside this week to make sure no one is out in the cold in the winter weather.

At family's request, officers can also check on elderly people or others in homes during this extreme cold weather.

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