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Local Shelters Declare Code Purple

Updated: Tuesday, January 22 2013, 07:10 AM EST

Temperatures dipping into the teens mean area homeless shelters are full to capacity. The Western Carolina Rescue Ministries has declared a "Code Purple" and are opening the doors to many more people than normal, because of the severe threat.

More than 100 people stayed at the shelter Sunday night. Some are able to sleep in permanent bunks. Many are settling for spots on the floor, but the important thing is just getting inside.

The people who run Buncombe County's five shelters have alerted police, fire and paramedics to the "Code Purple" and urging them to bring-in homeless people to get some help, while it's so cold.

By Frank Kracher
Follow Frank on Twitter @FrankKracher

Local Shelters Declare Code Purple

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