Connecticut residents deal with bitter cold temperatures

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (WTNH) – For Radiant Holly of New Haven, weekends are for grocery shopping and Saturday that meant a walk outside in freezing temperatures.

“I’m kind of regretting it right now,” said Holly. “This is freezing.”

The good news for Radiant, braving the cold was short lived, she had a warm home to go too. That was not the case for Shana Calle, she spent Friday night sleeping out in New Haven’s open elements, her only shelter was a tent.

“It (the cold) just takes every piece of energy out of your body, you cant do anything in the cold at all,” said Calle.

Fortunately Calle wont be outside on this night, she’s decided instead to spend her time at the
Bethel AME Church on Goffe Street, a 2-1-1 warming center.

Meredith Benson is the warming center coordinator at Bethel. Friday, Meredith reports there were nearly 50 people who spent the night at their church hall and for Saturday she predicts those numbers may be even higher.

“As the temperatures continue to drop our numbers have just increased and increased,” said Benson.

News 8 has been in touch with emergency rooms at Yale-New Haven, Hartford, and St. Mary’s (Waterbury) hospitals and they all said they have had no one come in with cold weather injuries.

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