City doubles up to help during winter blizzard

The City of Monroe has been working in overdrive to help residents during this week’s winter storm, led by Mayor Oliver Ellis, who has been riding fire trucks and personally directing the city’s operations.

The city has opened an emergency shelter at the Liller Marbles Community Center that has provided shelter for 30 or more residents who have been displaced because of the cold.

In addition, the center has provided hot meals for the sheltered and military-style MRE’s for neighborhood residents and others.

Monroe Firefighters have been helping to transport first responders such as doctors and nurses to hospital stations. Other groups in the city have been helping transport Dialysis patients for life-saving treatments.

  The city has been wrestling with frozen streets, water lines, and thoroughfares that have nearly shut down the city as it endures the second round of winter mix that has swept across the region.

 The blizzard like weather is expected to continue through the weekend when temperatures are expected to reach the upper 30’s and low 40’s by Saturday.

 The forecast from the National Weather Service predicts:

  –Sunday, pleasant through the day with cloud cover increasing. Highs in the low 50s expected. Rain showers will move in late into the overnight hours.

  –Monday, rain showers could linger before 7 am but expect clouds to work their way out and leave us with some sunshine and highs in the mid 50s.

 –Tuesday, sunny and pleasant with highs near average in the low 60s.

 — Wednesday, pleasant through the day with highs in the 60s.